Key Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was wounded today in a suicide attack that killed six other people.
Nazir is the main warlord affiliated to the Pakistani Taliban in South Waziristan, one of seven districts that make up the semi-autonomous tribal belt. The bomber blew himself up near Nazir s vehicle as it passed through the market in Wana, the main town of the district, the officials said. Two people were killed and at least five others were wounded, including Nazir, the officials told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"The bomber was a boy aged 13 or 14. Five to seven people were wounded, including Mullah Nazir. His condition is said to be not serious," one of the officials said. But another official in Wana said Nazir was "seriously wounded" in the attack. Mullah Nazir is an elder in the Wazir tribe and the main militant commander in South Waziristan, part of Pakistan s northwestern tribal belt considered a base for Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and other Islamist militants.