TTP commander Khan Said Sajna amongst 12 others killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

KABUL: An American drone strike on Wednesday killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban TTP in Afghanistan, near the border with the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. The commander, Khan Sayed, also known as Sajna, led a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban. The drone strike occurred in the Damma region in Khost Province, near Shahadianu Patala, a Pakistani town in North Waziristan, the Pakistani intelligence officials said. They said the strike had killed 12 other militants and wounded 20. If the commander’s death is confirmed, “it would certainly be a big blow to the Taliban, both in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said another Pakistani Taliban commander who gave an interview by phone on the condition that his name not be used. In 2014, Sajna publicly rejected the Pakistani Taliban’s leader, Maulana Fazlullah, and said his faction would continue to fight on its own. The feud erupted after an American drone strike killed Mr. Fazlullah’s predecessor, Hakimullah Mehsud. Sajna said in a statement that he was leaving because “the present leadership has lost its path.” The number of American drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal area has sharply declined in recent months. The Pakistani military has also recently developed its own drone, which is being used for both aerial surveillance and missile attacks. Reference: New York Times