Two Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders were reportedly discovered dead in the eastern Afghan provinces of Paktia and Nangarhar.
A TTP commander’s body was reportedly found in a water canal on November 17 according to a source in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan who spoke to the Afghan Islamic Press.
Saifullah Babuji, a Pakistani Taliban commander whose body was discovered, was a resident of Malakand in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and was known to be close with Amir Mufti Mazloum, the TTP’s deputy.
Another TTP commander named Zakirain’s body was reportedly discovered in the province of Paktia, in eastern Afghanistan, according to the Afghan Islamic Press.
The killings of TTP commanders in Afghanistan’s eastern regions have not yet elicited a response or remark from the Taliban administration in Afghanistan or Pakistani authorities.
At the same time as a temporary ceasefire has been established, the Taliban administration in Afghanistan is mediating peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Taliban.
Earlier, on August 8, an Afghan roadside mine explosion killed Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, a Tehreek-e-Taliban leader from Pakistan. Reports state that Khorasani strongly supported the TTP during talks with officials from the Pakistani government.
This comes as US President Joe Biden stated that a CIA drone operation killed Al-Qaeda chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, amid growing concerns about the resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan.