TTP claims Bannu blast, condemns attack on Mullah Nazir
[Dawn] Spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed on Tuesday that the organization was responsible for the blast carried out in Bannu today and said the group was not involved in last week's attack on pro-government and anti-US Taliban leader Mullah Nazir.
Speaking to Dawn.com's correspondent from
Qazi's guesthouse an undisclosed location, Ehsan condemned the attack on Nazir and said he was part of the Ittehad-e-Shura-Mujahideen, of which the TTP was also a member.
The TTP front man further said that though the TTP may have organizational differences with Mullah Nazir, there were no ideological differences between the groups.
The problem created in South Wazoo is the usual tiresome primitives' penchant for mindless violence between the Ahmedzai Wazir and Mehsud clans which would be settled as per tribal customs, said the front man for the banned outfit.
Ehsan claimed the TTP was not behind today's blast that reportedly took place near the house of Kainat, one of the girls who was injured during the attack on Malala Yousufzai, the 14-year-old campaigner for girls' education.
The attack was suspected to be a terrorist act according to certain reports in the media whereas Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
DPO Gul Afzal Khan Afridi had stated that the blast appeared to have been caused due to a gas leakage as initial investigative reports suggested that debris from the kaboom flew outwards.
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