Taliban Chief's rival shot dead
PAKISTAN: Qari Zainuddin, a rival to Pakistani Taliban chief
Baitullah Mahsud, was shot dead Tuesday morning in the northwestern
Pakistani town of Dera Ismail Khan, according to local TV reports.
The private Dawn TV quoted Zainuddin's family sources as saying that
he was shot dead in a shooting incident in his office and his aide was
Zainuddin, a militant commander, has recently given statements to the
media opposing Mahsud.
Salahuddin, superintendent of police in the city, confirmed that
Zainuddin had been "shot dead."
Sources said that a gunman Gulbaddin Mahsud opened fire on Zainuddin
after morning prayers at Dera Ismail Khan, where Zainuddin had been
living since he had declared war on Baitullah Mahsud. TV channels quoted
a doctor Mehmood Jan as confirming the death of Qari Zainuddin who said
that he had received bullets at his head.
The attacker Gulbadin Mahsud belongs to Makeen area in South
Waziristan, the stronghold of Baitullah Mahsud. Zainuddin was one of the
two tribal leaders who had recently announced support for the army
operation against Baitullah Mahsud, the most wanted man in Pakistan for
series of suicide attacks across the country.
Islamabad, Tuesday, Xinhua