Taliban infighting kills nine insurgents in Pakistan

Two Tehrik-e-Taliban-linked groups clash in North Waziristan using heavy weapons, security sources say

Two Tehrik-e-Taliban-linked groups clash in North Waziristan using heavy weapons, security sources say

ISLAMABAD - Nine insurgents were killed and others injured in resurging clashes between two rival Taliban groups in the restive Pakistani region of North Waziristan on Tuesday, security officials and local sources said.

The fresh spate of fierce clashes between Sajna and Shehryar Mehsud groups came after a short lull of two weeks. A senior security official wishing not to be named told the Anadolu Agency that the clashes erupted in different parts of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, in which the two sides used rockets, mortars and heavy weapons.

Both groups are affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella group of different insurgent networks in the country.

The official said the deceased included six people from Shehryar, while three belonged to Sajna.

The two groups have been at loggerheads for the last three months, bringing about the killing of 50 insurgents in North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

The groups experienced differences after Sajna reportedly tried to capture the Tehrik-e-Taliban’s South Waziristan branch.

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