Infighting between two distraught Tehreek-i-Taliban factions intensified on Friday in Waziristan.
Both factions are part of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) umbrella group, which has been waging a bloody seven-year insurgency against the Pakistani state.
The clash started a few days ago and the cause of infighting was said to be over interference in matters inside one another’s domains.
In the latest clash, six Taliban fighters were killed in a remote controlled IED attack on the vehicle of Hakimullah Mehsud group’s top commander Sheryar Mehsud in Shawal area of North Waziristan Agency.
Official sources said that the vehicle of Sheryar Mehsud was targetted by rival Sjana group as the two groups continue to target each other. At least 30 militants of the two TTP groups have been killed in the past few days.
The cause of strife is attributed to be the rejection of senior TTP comander Sajna to the post of TTP supremo after the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud. The top TTP leadership has also reportedly reached Waziristan to resolve the conflict.