MIRANSHAH: At least seven Pakistani Taliban commanders including spokesman for Khan Said group Azam Tariq have been killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan.
According to reports, NATO and Afghanistan carried out an air strike in the Laman area of Paktika Province.
According to security sources, Raees Khan, also known as Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the Khan Said group of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in the air strike late the previous day.
Sources said Tariq’s son and five other Taliban leaders from North Waziristan were also killed in the attack, but did not give their names.
Neither the Khan Said militant faction nor Afghan authorities have responded to the reports.
The Khan Said faction in 2014 severed ties with Mullah Fazluallah, the current TTP leader, saying it would operate independently from North Waziristan.
Meanwhile, talking to Khyber News correspondent a commander confirmed the killing of Azam Tariq and said that new spokesman would appointed very soon.