Press Esc to close
Wednesday 26 November 2014
News updated at 6:10 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.1°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Pak Taliban captures rival militant group's headquarters

Islamabad, Mar 19, 2013, (PTI) :

The Pakistani Taliban have captured large tracts of the Tirah Valley in the restive Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan after weeks of fierce fighting with the Ansar-ul-Islam, a rival militant group.

Militants of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan captured the headquarters of the Ansar-ul-Islam and hoisted their flag on the building in Bagh area of Tirah valley yesterday, several media reports said today.

Tribesmen were quoted by The News daily as saying that hundreds of Taliban fighters pushed back Ansar-ul-Islam cadres in Qamberkhel and entered Malikdinkhel on Sunday night.


They captured the Ansar-ul-Islam headquarters in Bagh after "light resistance" from the rival group.

The Taliban occupied the rival group's headquarters and surrounding bazaar in and hoisted their flags in the area.

Reports said Ansar-ul-Islam chief Qazi Mehboob and his deputy Ezatullah had shifted to Zakhakhel on Sunday night.

The houses and office of Mehboob and his deputy in Malikdinkhel area were blown up by the Taliban.

However, Taliban fighters are yet to enter Shalobar and Zakhakhel areas, which are controlled by Ansar-ul-Islam.

Minor clashes also occurred between the two groups in some pockets in Qamberkhel and Malikdinkhel area.

Pakistan air Force jets bombarded suspected Taliban positions in Tarkikhel and Durbikhel areas and destroyed its three hideouts, the report said.

The Khyber Agency, which is part of a vital route linking Pakistan and Afghanistan, has witnessed fierce fighting between the Taliban and rival groups since last year.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
It is business as usual in Leopold Cafe on the eve of the anniversary ...

It is business as usual in Leopold Cafe on the eve of the anniversary ...

England's captain Alastair Cook (R) talks with his teammate Ravi Bopara...

England's captain Alastair Cook (R) talks with his teammate Ravi Bopara...

Models pose with a car during the inauguration of the Lamborghini showroom...

Models pose with a car during the inauguration of the Lamborghini showroom...

Women from the Delhi police force, undergo martial arts training...

Women from the Delhi police force, undergo martial arts training...

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza blows whistle to joins campaign...

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza blows whistle to joins campaign...

Children rights activist Baburaj, Good Sheperd High School headmistress ...

Children rights activist Baburaj, Good Sheperd High School headmistress ...

A Sun Bird sits on a branch of Jacaranda flower tree...

A Sun Bird sits on a branch of Jacaranda flower tree...

BJP MP'S meeting in Parliament house...

BJP MP'S meeting in Parliament house...

Bipasha Basu and Milind Soman at Pinkathon announcement

Bipasha Basu and Milind Soman at Pinkathon announcement

Modi with BJP leaders at an election rally in Jharkhand

Modi with BJP leaders at an election rally in Jharkhand

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523