Top commander of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Abdul Wali also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani has been reportedly killed in a landmine blast along with his companions in Afghanistan.
Khorasani and his companions including Mufti Hassan and Hafiz Dawlat were killed after their vehicle hit a roadside mine in the Saraki Kilay area of Afghanistan’s Paktika province.
He was one of the TTP top commanders and was also believed to be the mastermind behind the attack on Army Public School Peshawar.
Khorasani was also among those who took part in recent peace dialogues with Pakistan. A truce has already been in place between the TTP and the Pakistani military for the past two months.
Khorasani belonged to Mohmand tribal district of Pakistan and was said to be in charge of the Mohmand branch of the TTP.
Dawlat, from the Orakzai tribal district, was considered to be an important member of the group and a close trustee of Khorasani.
Hassan belonged to Malakand Division and was one of the TTP leaders who pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the deceased leader of the Islamic State.