13 killed in Miranshah bombing, rocket attacks

MIRANSHAH: At least 13 persons were killed in remote control bomb and rocket attacks on two vehicles on Friday morning.

Sources said that the first incident occurred in Tehsil Dattakhel of Miranshah, when a remote control bomb planted by the roadside targeted a vehicle that killed three persons and two sustained injuries.

Meanwhile in another incident, a rocket fired on a vehicle at Shawal killed 10 persons. Those killed could not be identified yet.

The differences between the rival groups of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has intensified leading to the fierce infighting for the last one month claiming more than 40 dead including key commanders.

Sources said that the persons killed today could not be identified immediately, while during the last five days more than 20 militants have been killed in the clashes.

TTP sources said that the difference between the two groups triggered after Hakimullah Mehsud was droned to death, which compounded with the beginning of the TTP talks with the Pakistan government on the issues relating to the release of the Taliban prisoners, ceasefire and others.

Eyewitnesses said that intermittent skirmishes continuing between Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rahman groups in Mehsud tribe areas of Lower Shaktoi, Upper Shaktoi and Bobar adjacent to North Waziristan. Over 20 militants including Kasheed Mehsud have been killed in last five days, while over 40 in the last one month.

Sources said that key commanders from different areas of Pakistan besides Afghanistan have arrived Waziristan to resolve the differences between different groups of TTP.