Pakistani Taliban confirm No. 2 killed in drone US strike

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According to a statement, Sajna was killed in an American drone strike on February 8.

A spokesman for the militant group, who's aim is to bring down the Pakistan government said the drone strike happened in the North Waziristan region, on the Pakistani side of the border.

He said another commander, Mufti Noor Wali, has now been appointed as the group's deputy chief.

Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, told reporters in Islamabad Friday he was unaware of the drone strike.

The deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a USA drone strike, the militant group said in a statement Monday, as Washington continues to intensify attacks along the Afghan border region.

Islamabad opposes the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

United States officials in Islamabad had no immediate comment.

Lying south to the Taliban's birthplace Kandahar, Helmand remains one of the most volatile provinces in Afghanistan with militants controlling large swaths of land.

Sajna was wanted by Washington for his role in terrorist attacks against USA citizens.

Recently, the terrorist attacks by the Taliban had increased in Afghanistan leading the U.S. to consider "unilateral steps in areas of divergence" to counter the militants.

Pakistani authorities suspect Sajna played a role in planning major terrorist attacks in the country and was instrumental in a jailbreak in 2012 in the northwestern town of Bannu that freed about 400 inmates, including militants.

More bombing nearly invariably means more civilian casualties, which could further mobilise Afghans against the United States. The Afghan government alleged the violence was plotted in Pakistan.

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