TTP’s Maulvi Faqir evades drone strike in Afghanistan
Afghanistan: Kunar province’s Chawgam village witnessed a drone strike in the twilight hours of Thursday. The drone strike ensued a week after the ceasefire between the expelled TTP and the Government of Pakistan faltered as TTP accused Islamabad of killing fighters loyal to the TTP.
The latest operation was meant to target a high ranking TTP leader, Maulvi Faqir, as what villagers described was an attack on his safe house in Chawgam village.
According to local sources the primary target Maulvi Faqir, wasn’t present at the site but the strike ended up wounding two fighters belonging to the TTP outfit. The compound was being used as a base of operations by the TTP just miles away from the countries leaky border with neighboring country, Pakistan.
TTP leader Maulvi Faqir, previously arrested by the US-backed Afghan government where he faced incarceration in the infamous Bagram prison and was freed as a result of the Taliban’s swift occupation of the country in August.
Although it is not clear who orchestrated the drone strike as there are several reports claiming it to be an explosive that was fired from the ground.
The TTP came into power 14 years ago and is accused by different Pakistani authorities of killing around 70,000 of its citizens. On Thursday, the Pakistani nation remembered the APS attack that shook the nation in 2014, where 150 school children and other individuals were mascaraed in what is called the bloodiest day in the history of the entire nation.
According to reports, the assailants entered Peshawar through the country’s porous Afghan border and opened fire after breaking into a school where children were attending classes at the time.