19 killed in two days of Pakistan-Taliban infighting

Infighting between two Pakistan-Taliban groups has killed 19 near Afghanistan border

Infighting between two Pakistan-Taliban groups has killed 19 near Afghanistan border

ISLAMABAD – At least 19 fighters have been killed in two days of fierce clashes between two rival Taliban groups in Pakistan's troubled North Waziristan, security officials and local sources said Wednesday.

The fresh flare-up of infighting between the Sajna and Shaharyar Mehsud groups, which are both affiliates of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan militant network, began on Tuesday after a three-week lull, a senior security official in the region told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity.

“Fourteen insurgents from both sides were killed till late Tuesday night, while five more were killed in renewed clashes in different parts of the region on Wednesday,” the official said.

Far-flung Shawwal valley, which sits on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, is the hotspot of fresh clashes according to local journalist Ihsan Khan.

Clashes between the two groups over the last three months have killed 60 fighters, mostly from the Shaharyar Mehsud group, after the Sajna group reportedly tried to seize control of the other's territory in South Waziristan.

The two sides had maintained a ceasefire brokered by TTP's senior leadership for three weeks until clashes re-erupted Tuesday.

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