|Gunmen kill key TTP leader linked to Lakki Marwat blast|
|PESHAWAR: Gunmen shot dead a key Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander linked to an attack on a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat in 2010 that killed almost 100 people, officials said on Wednesday. |
Ashraf Marwat was killed in the Shaktoi area of South Waziristan near the Afghan border on Tuesday, said mourners at his funeral. The identity of the gunmen was unclear. Police blamed Marwat for helping organise the deadly 2010 attack on the Shah Hasankhel village in the northwestern Lakki Marwat district in which a truck packed with explosives was detonated at a volleyball tournament.
Marwat was linked to Pakistani Taliban, said a leader of a local pro-government militia. Police also say Marwat killed another Taliban commander, Iftikhar Marwat, reportedly because of his association with Afghan Taliban. The dispute between the two men highlighted tensions within the insurgency.
Iftikhar Marwat had apparently urged terrorists from his native Lakki Marwat district to focus their fight on foreign forces in Afghanistan instead of against Pakistani security forces. That angered Ashraf Marwat, who wanted to continue attacks in Pakistan.