Ex TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid killed in drone strike

KABUL: Former spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Thursday was killed in a missile strike in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan which left at least 52 militants dead.


According to Afghan media, Shahidullah Shahid had joined ISIS and was killed in a missile strike along with 52 other ISIS militants.

Shahidullah Shahid declared allegiance to Islamic State in October last year and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.

Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South Asia, which has traditionally been dominated by local Taliban insurgencies against both the Pakistan and Afghanistan governments.

The announcement came after a September move by al Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahri, to name former Taliban commander Asim Umar as the “emir” of a new South Asia branch of the network that masterminded the 2001 attacks on the United States.