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Qari Zainuddin ble skutt ned av sin egen livvakt i Sør-Waziristan tirsdag. Zainuddin levde i livsfare da han brøt med Baitullah Mahsud pga dennes bruk av selvmordsbombere. Zainuiddin støttet også hærens innmarsj i Swat og Sør-Waziristan.

Zainuddin tok avstand fra selvmordsaksjonene og kalte dem uislamske. Det gjorde ham til en farlig fiende for Baitullah. For en tid tilbake kom det noen avhoppere fra Baitullahs gruppe. De fikk bli medlemmer av Zainuddins gruppe.

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«It tells people if you side with the government this is what will happen to you,» said Talat Masood, a retired general and military analyst. «It says the government can’t give you protection but the other side can.»

The army, which is already involved in operations against Taliban strongholds in the Swat valley and other areas, would now have to rely more on its own soldiers to take on the Taliban in South Waziristan as well, he said.

Mr. Zainuddin was killed in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, said Iqbal Khan, the town’s district police chief, and his death revealed the tenuous hold of his splinter group in the area.

The initial investigation, the police chief said, indicated that the shooting was carried out by a guard named Gulbadin Mehsud, who escaped after the attack and may have infiltrated Mr. Zainuddin’s ranks. Another guard was wounded in the attack, he said.

In recent months, Mr. Zainuddin and his group had helped the government by denying Mr. Mehsud and his fighters the ability to operate in his region, killing about 30 of his fighters.

Mr. Zainuddin, who in his 30s, was part of Mr. Mehsud’s tribe, but had split with him, and joined forces with Turkestan Bhaitani, an older Taliban fighter who had switched sides to ally with the government.

Omlag 60 mennesker ble drept da amerikanske droner og pakistanske fly slo til mot et begravelsesfølge i Sør-Waziristan tirsdag. Det skal ha vært en Taliban-kommandant som ble gravlagt. Blant de drepte skal ha vært en mann som instruerte selvmordsbombere.

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