Published On: Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Reports claim most-wanted TTP Commander Adnan Rashid’s killing

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ISLAMABAD/MIR ALI: Most-wanted commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Adnan Rashid has been killed in Air strikes through gunship helicopters launched by Pakistan security forces in North Waziristan Agency (NWA).

According to sources, Adnan Rasheed’s house came under bombardment and he along with his wife, two children and two other family members and 25 other militants died.

Official sources have confirmed the news of Adnan’s death whereas the Taliban sources have denied it.

Bombing and shelling have resulted in destruction of several hideout compounds of militants.

In the mean time, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid has claimed that Adnan Shahid has not been killed in forces’ attack and he is at a safe place.

“Adnan is not present in NWA,” TTP spokesman Tuesday informed foreign media outlet on telephone.

Earlier on Tuesday, military jets and gunship helicopters pounded militant hideouts in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.

Adnan Rashid was sentenced to death for the attack on former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf in 2004.

He was imprisoned at the Bannu prison and was freed along with 400 inmates when militants stormed the prison in 2012.

Rashid was also the mastermind of the 2013 Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak in which over 170 prisoners escaped.

Official sources also said that most of those who are killed belonged to Punjabi Taliban.

This is the first strike of its kind in the North Waziristan area and has inflicted a sense of fear on the tribal locals.

Reportedly, the targeted operation was a result of a strategy as finalized from the national security policy.

The reports also say that the officials are carrying out the ‘third option’ which is to negotiate with those who are willing and target the others.