JALALABAD: Shahidullah Shahid, the former spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was killed in a drone strike in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, Afghan media said on Thursday.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Afghanistan has told the country’s renowned news channel Tolo News tweeted that Shahidullah Shahid had been killed in Nangarhar province.
BREAKING: Shahidullah Shahid, leader of Daesh in Afghanistan and former Pakistani Taliban spokesman, killed in Nangarhar drone attack: NDS
— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) July 9, 2015
Shahidullah Shahid, along with 49 other ISIS militants were killed in the drone attack a few days ago.
In January 2015, an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi declared Shahid and others as proclaimed offenders in the Karachi airport attack case.
However, independent sources have not confirmed the killing of the militant commander in a drone strike.
Shahid recently joined the self-styled Islamic State as a senior commander in Pakistan. He was effectively the group’s second in command in Pakistan. Previously, he had served as spokesman of the TTP under Hakimullah Mehsud and current chief Mullah Fazlullah.
The militant commander, whose real name is Sheikh Maqbool Orakzai, parted ways with the TTP and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of IS.