ISLAMABAD/KABUL: Explosion in Eastern Afghanistan led to death on Sunday of Omar Khalid Khorasani, Supreme Leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), whose suicide bombings killed more than 300 people, according to several posts citing senior intelligence officials.
Born Abdul Wali, Jamaat ul-Ahrar Khorasani (JuA), breakaway faction of TTP, this one of dozens of armed militants, including al-Qaeda and the so-called Islamic State. operating in Afghanistan.
Khorasani was among the four commanders of militant group killed in explosion in eastern province of Paktika.
Khorasani traveled with Hafiz Daulat, Mufti Hassan and his “son-in-law” (whose identity has yet to be established) in provinces on borders with Pakistan when car was hit roadside bomb on Sunday Evening, “Khorasan Diary”, online journalists-run platform, said.
With reference to the representative of the TPP, the platform confirmed the words of Khorasani. death, adding that he was awaiting a “detailed statement”.
CONTACT: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman confirmed death of Omar Khalid Khorasani, Senior Commander of TTP from Mohmand. “A detailed statement will be published soonMuhammad Khorasani said.
— Khorasan diary (@khorasandiary) August 8, 2022
Four commanders are reported to be alive. in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces in Afghanistan. They were on their way to the Burmal region of Paktika.”for consultation”, sources told Gandhara.
According to Gandhara, Hasan was among nearly a dozen TTP commanders. who swore allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in US raid in Syria in 2019. Whereas Dawlat was considered an important TTP commander and confidant of Khorasani.
In October 2017, Khorasani was widely reported to have been killed by an alleged American drone. attack in Afghanistan. However, he came out alive and year later the US put it on his awards for justice wanted list with $3 million award on his head.
There were no immediate comment from the Afghan Taliban governmentTTP or Islamabad.
news takes place at a time when Pakistan in contact with in the Russian leadership group to discuss a peace agreement. truce already was in place between the TTP and the Pakistani army for in past two months.
Was born in a village called Lakaro in Mohmand tribe Khorasani started out like an anti-Indian man fighting in occupied Kashmir, according to a longtime friend who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Later he joined TTP in from 2007 to fight in government establish strict Islamic law.
In 2014 Khorasani left TTP formed JuA after falling out with leaders. group drew attention in September 2014 when he announced It was supporting Islamic State and abandonment main TTP leadership.
However, by March 2015 group was again swearing allegiance main Umbrella leadership of the TPP.
However, JuA has never specifically renounced the Islamic State, and both groups have claimed responsibility for several terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
In 2016, the US designated JuA as a terrorist. group.
Mikhail Kugelman, Deputy director of The Wilson Research Center Think Tank Asia Program recalled that Khorasani death several times in in past.
Khorasani was a major figure in TTP and its death would “big blow” by group he said on Twitter.
Omar Khalid Khorasani, one of the leaders of the TTP, was reportedly killed. in Afghanistan. Huge blow to TPP if true (it was erroneously reported dead in in past). Big figure inside group. Cruelty beyond words. And by the way, once he claimed that he sheltered Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) August 7, 2022
He described the commander as “cruel beyond words”.