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Pakistani Taliban Leaders Reported Killed In Air Strike

Azam Tariq, a spokesman of the banned militant group Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, speaks at an undisclosed location near the Afghan border in February 2014.

Three Pakistani Taliban leaders have reportedly been killed by a joint Afghan and NATO air strike in the Laman area of Afghanistan's Paktika Province, Pakistani security sources say.

Sources told RFE/RL on September 25 that Raees Khan, also known as Azam Tariq, a spokesman for the Khan Said group of the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in the air strike late the previous day.

Sources said Tariq's son and two other Taliban leaders from North Waziristan were also killed in the attack, but did not give their names.

Neither the Khan Said militant faction nor Afghan authorities have responded to the reports.

The Khan Said faction in 2014 severed ties with Mullah Fazluallah, the current TTP leader, saying it would operate independently from North Waziristan.