Eight Pakistani militants die in fresh infighting: Officials

Eight militants were killed Sunday in the latest clashes between the Pakistani Taliban and a breakaway faction in the country`s restive northwest on Sunday, officials said.

AFP| Updated: Jun 16, 2014, 00:37 AM IST

Miranshah: Eight militants were killed Sunday in the latest clashes between the Pakistani Taliban and a breakaway faction in the country`s restive northwest on Sunday, officials said.

The fighting erupted in the Wacha Mela area 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan tribal district.

A total of 106 militants have been killed since supporters of commander Khalid Mehsud, alias Khan Said Sajna, began battling followers of the slain former Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in April.
Khalid Mehsud`s group last month split from the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a move which analysts described as a victory for the Pakistani military`s strategy of sowing divisions between insurgent factions.

The latest fighting left eight militants dead and three wounded, a local intelligence official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"Six of the dead militants belonged to the Hakimullah group," he said.