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Suicide bombing 'mastermind' killed by suspected Pakistani Taliban rival

A week after the Pakistani Taliban, aka TTP, announced a separation between the dominant Mehsud faction, led by Khan Said, and the weaker faction led by Maulana Fazlullah, senior TTP leader and Mehsud faction member Ashiqullah was gunned down and killed.

By JC Finley
Suicide bombing 'mastermind' killed by suspected Pakistani Taliban rival
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) committee member and senior religious party leader Maulana Sami-ul-Haq (R) looks on as Special Assistant to Pakistan's prime minister Irfan Siddiqui (L) speaks during a joint press conference following their meeting at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Housen in Islamabad, Pakistan on February 6, 2014. (UPI/Sajjad ALi Qureshi) | License Photo

ISLAMABAD, June 6 (UPI) -- Ashiqullah Mehsud, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander considered a suicide bombing "mastermind," has been killed.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on Mehsud in the village of Urmuz, in North Waziristan on Thursday.

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Mehsud's death comes a week after the Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), announced that it was splitting into two separate groups. The deceased Taliban commander was a member of the dominant Mehsud faction.

Pakistani intelligence sources suspect that Mehsud was killed because of rivalries between the TTP factions.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

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