PESHAWAR: A local Afghan militia has killed three commanders of Hizbul Tehreer—a splinter group of Pakistan Taliban— in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, an area near Pak-Afghan border.
The spokesperson of the outfit, Dr Aziz Yusafzai, confirmed that Hizbul Ahrar’s militant wing commander Jehad Yar Mehsud was killed along with his two comrades in an ambush with the militia on Wednesday evening.
Jehad Yar Mehsud hailed from South Waziristan and was a close aide of TTP leaders Baitullah Mehsud and Hakeemullah Mehsud, and was also in charge of leading the brutal militant operation Ghazi in 2017 against Pakistan.
Earlier, according to reports, Jihad Yar Mehsud— who had joined Hizb-ul-Ahrar a few days ago— and another militant Aleem Khan alias Umer Kamal were killed during a clash between Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and Hizb-ul-Ahrar.
However, the spokesperson for Hizbul Ahrar said there were no rifts with the JuA. The militant commanders killed on Wednesday had clashed with the local Afghan tribal militia that had JuA’s backing, a local publication reported.