Waliur Rehman killed on tip by Hakimullah group
03 June, 2013
WASHINGTON: US State Department says TTP second-in-command Waliur Rehman may have been killed in a US drone attack on a tip off provided by an individual, but the US would not tell the name of that informer.
The US had announced a head money of $5 million to anyone who provided 'useful' information about the Taliban deputy.
According to foreign media reports, there is a split in the TTP. The two groups – one of Hakimullah Mehsud and second of Waliur Rehman Mehsud – are at loggerheads and this split is to gain hegemony in the organisation.
The informer on whose tip Waliur Rehman was killed was from Hakimullah Mehsud group.
The split has not ended with the killing of Waliur Rehman. The man who has replaced Wali is known by name Khan Saeed alias Sajna. He hails from Mehsud Tribe of Shobikhel and is again from Waliur Rehman group.
Wali was virtually commanding the TTP due to the ailment of Hakimullah, and had a leaning for peace talks. Hakimullah group houses hardcore terrorists who believe in bloodshed.