Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban. Pakistan had offered joint investigation into the Kabul's attacks that Kabul had blamed on the Haqqani Network.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) today confirmed that the groups deputy chief Khalid Mehsud alias Commander Sajna was killed in a U.S. drone strike on February 8 in Pakistans restive northwestern tribal region. According to a January 12, 2018 report, Bajwa said he received a phone call from the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Joseph Vogel, offering assurances that the United States would not unilaterally hit targets inside Pakistan.
Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident saying the Taliban also assaulted the NDS Center while the insider attack was under way, sparking fierce clashes with Afghan security guards. He said Pakistani Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah appointed a commander called Mufti Noor Wali Wali to replace their dead deputy.
"The vehicle was destroyed", an intelligence official told The Express Tribune, adding that there were at least three reported drone strikes on the Pak-Afghan border in 24 hours.
Afghan and US officials have long alleged insurgents use sanctuaries in Pakistan for planning deadly attacks on the other side of the border, charges Islamabad denies.
Tribal sources and local Pakistani officials confirmed Friday the strike took place a day earlier near the Afghan border in North Waziristan tribal district.
The commander was believed to be sheltering in Khost and had ties to the Haqqani network accused of staging high-profile terrorist attacks against local and USA -led forces in Afghanistan.
The Taliban confirmed Monday that its deputy chief was among several militants killied in a recent USA drone strike near Pakistan's volatile border with Afghanistan.