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    Tuesday, July 22, 2008

    Taliban infighting

    Baitullah orders inquiry into Taliban groups' clash

    * 10 militants killed by rival group had formally joined TTP only a few days earlier

    GHALANAI: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud on Sunday expressed sorrow over the killing of 10 people of the Shah group in Mohmand Agency by local TTP members, and asked local TTP commander Dr Umar Khalid to explain his position, and also form a committee to investigate the incident.

    TTP spokesman Maulvi Umar told reporters from an undisclosed location that Baitullah had formed a committee to probe the incident.

    In case of an unsatisfactory outcome of the probe, the spokesman added, action would be taken against Dr Umar Khalid.

    Joined: He said the killed members of the Shah group had taken an oath of loyalty to Baitullah Mehsud and formally joined the TTP only a few days ago. He said the "Taliban emirate" has formed a jirga to end the conflict between the two groups. Baitullah has expressed sympathy with the families of those killed in the clash, he added.

    It was reported that 10 Taliban militants of the Shah group were killed at the hands of another Taliban group led by Dr Umar Khalid some days ago in the Mohmand Agency area. The Taliban spokesman told BBC that Khalid was suspected to be responsible for the killing of the 10 Taliban militants. staff report/daily times monitor
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