The deputy leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a suspected USA drone strike and a new deputy has been appointed said the Tehrik-e-Taliban paksitan.
They said the deputy chief of the outlawed Pakistani Taliban, Khan Said Mehsud, also known as Sajna, was returning from the adjacent Afghan border province of Khost when missiles fired from an unmanned aircraft hit his vehicle.
Sajna, in his early 40s, was believed to be involved in an attack on a naval base in Karachi and was credited with masterminding a 2012 jailbreak in which the Taliban freed almost 400 inmates in the northwestern city of Bannu.
Details of the latest USA drone attack emerged as an Afghan delegation led by the neighboring country's deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, opened a new round of wide-ranging talks Friday with Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad. Pakistan had offered joint investigation into the Kabul's attacks that Kabul had blamed on the Haqqani Network.
Mehsud refused to accept Mullah Fazlullah as TTP chief, mainly because Fazlullah did not hail from the tribal region, and was living in Afghanistan due to the absence of his own base on Pakistani soil.
The TTP has recently curtailed activities because of a successful Pakistani military offensive, and Mehsud's death is expected to further weaken the Islamist group.
Pakistani officials claim many TTP militants have been forced to take refuge in Afghanistan as a result, our correspondent adds.
He can be described as a true successor to the first two chiefs of TTP - Baitullah Mehsud, the group's founder, and Hakimullah Mehsud.
A high-ranking leader of the Pakistani Taliban died in a US drone attack, the terrorist organization confirmed on Monday, Feb. 12.