On Wednesday, a senior Pakistani Taliban Commander was killed in an American drone strike in Afghanistan. The drone strike occurred in the Damma region in Khost Province near Shahadianu Patala, a town in North Waziristan region of Pakistan, it was reported by Pakistani intelligence officials. Senior Taliban Commander Khan Sayed, otherwise known as Sajna, ran a breakaway faction of Pakistani Taliban. This particular drone strike killed 12 other militants and severely injured another 20. These reports came from two separate Pakistani intelligence officers however, the report has not otherwise been confirmed, primarily because mostly journalists’ access to the area is restricted. No immediate comment from American officials have surfaced on the matter as yet.
Pakistani military officials accepted that Sajna was a key figure of the Pakistani Taliban and that both, Pakistani security forces and Americans, had been after him for the longest of times. His death, if confirmed, will be a major blow to Pakistani Taliban. In 2014, Sajna rejected Maulana Fazlullah, Pakistani Taliban leader, and said his own faction would continue his fight. This feud erupted when another American drone strike killed Maulana Fazlullah’s predecessor, Hakimullah Mehsud. Reportedly, Sajna left because the leadership was losing its path.
If the news is confirmed, it would strike as a major blow to Taliban both in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Chances of a violent retaliation, in that case, would also be high therefore caution is advised and security in the region may tighten. American drone strikes have been responsible for the elimination of several terrorists however, in the recent few months the number of American drone strikes have decrease. One of the main reasons for that is Pakistani’s own offensive against terrorists within the country codenamed Operation Zarb-e-Azb, an operation that began over a year ago and has been successful since its inception.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.