Sheheryar Mehsud, the head of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan TTP’s own faction, is reported to have been killed in an explosion in the Kunar province of Afghanistan. This is the third Pakistani Taliban leader killed in Afghanistan in a few days.
Afghan authorities have not yet confirmed this.
According to information received from Afghanistan, Sheheryar Mehsud was killed in a roadside blast in the area of Marawara district of Kunar province.
A spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Sajna Group said that the incident happened and Sheheryar died.
Who was Sheheryar Mehsud?
Sheheryar Mehsud belonged to Zangar, a village in Ladha, South Waziristan (Pakistan). He received his early education in his area and then enrolled in Government Polytechnic College to obtain an electrical diploma in Dera Ismail Khan.
Inspired by the Taliban’s message, Sheheryar Mehsud also became part of them and joined the close associates of Tehreek-e-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.
After Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had emerged as the head of the conflict. Khalid Sajna on one side and Sheheryar Mehsud on the other. Sheheryar Mehsud refused to recognize Khalid Sajna as the head of the TTP, following which clashes broke out between the two factions in which several Taliban were killed.
In the tribal areas, several Taliban were hiding after Operation Zarb-e-Azb began, and it was often reported that they were present in some mountainous areas of Afghanistan such as Kunar and Nangarhar. Sheheryar Mehsud has been living in these same areas of Afghanistan for three years.
This is the third Pakistani Taliban leader who has been killed in Afghanistan in the past few days. Earlier, news of the death of two people was reported in Kabul, but no details have been identified. However, the two men were later identified as Khalid Haqqani and Qari Saif Younis.