`Top Taliban commander among nine militants killed in Pak`
Peshawar: Nine Taliban fighters,
including a top commander, have been killed after being taken
hostage by a rival militant faction in northwest Pakistan,
sources said on Saturday.
Militant commander Qari Muhammad Yousaf and eight
accomplices were taken hostage following a fierce clash with
members of a rival group led by Maulana Noor Jamal in the
Kurram tribal region about 20 days ago.
The dead militants were associated with a Taliban
faction led by Maulana Muhammad Rafique, whose current
whereabouts are not known.
The dead militants were buried in Dogar area of Hangu
district today after their bodies were retrieved following
negotiations between a tribal elder and the Noor Jamal group.
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