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By Zahir Shah
PESHAWAR – Pakistani security forces killed a top Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander, Qari Kamran, and 12 fighters January 1 in an operation in Khyber Agency, officials said.
Security forces were acting on a tip, Frontier Corps spokesman Maj. Fazl said.
Kamran participated in attacks on security forces and other terrorist activities in Risalpur, Nowshera and Shabqadar and was one of the top militant commanders, Fazl said.
Kamran’s death is a serious blow to the TTP network, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said.
The TTP will avenge Kamran’s death, TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told Central Asia Online.