Islamabad: Gunmen shot and killed a
senior Pakistani Taliban commander on Monday who helped train and
deploy over 1,000 suicide bombers in the restive North
Waziristan tribal region.
The gunmen, who were in a car with tinted windows,
opened fire at commander Shakirullah Shakir while he was
riding a motorcycle near Miranshah, the main town in North
Waziristan Agency, officials told the media.
Shakir was a senior commander and spokesman for the
Fidayeen-e-Islam faction of the Pakistani Taliban.
He once claimed to a newspaper that his group had
trained over 1,000 suicide bombers at camps in North
No group claimed responsibility for the killing.
North Waziristan and South Waziristan regions are
sanctuaries for the Pakistani Taliban and al Qaeda elements.