2017-11-07

Former TTP suicide bomber trainer surrenders in North Waziristan

Pakistan Forward

MIRANSHAH -- A former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander who allegedly trained suicide bombers in North Waziristan tribal agency has surrendered to security forces, Radio TNN reported November 6 (Monday).

Maulvi Abdul Khaliq surrendered with a number of his followers, including his son Maulana Zakria, said the agency government.

Khaliq was described as a prominent member of the Hafiz Gul Bahadar group, a TTP faction based in North Waziristan. He also ran a seminary called Gulshan-e-Ilm in Miranshah.

Khaliq, who was suspected of training suicide bombers and assigning their targets, fled to Afghanistan after the Pakistani army launched the counter-insurgency Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan in 2014, according to the administration.

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