Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, had killed 5 Pakistani soldiers from across the border in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistan officials said.

This report comes just a few days after the Baloch Liberation Army, a group that shares close ties with the TTP, had attacked Pakistani security forces located in the Panjgur and Noshki situated in Balochistan. As a result, as many as 20 militants and nine soldiers were killed after three days of military operations. The Pakistani government and their intelligence agency had stated that these assaults were linked with militants based in Afghanistan and India.

The Pakistani Taliban photographed with their weapons in 2012 (DW via AP). Source: https://www.dw.com/en/who-are-the-pakistani-taliban/a-18136219
The Pakistani Taliban photographed with their weapons in 2012 (DW via AP).

The TTP, categorized as an armed Pashtun Sunni Islamist terrorist group, is a fundamentalist movement that aims to overthrow the government of Pakistan. Its operation and homebase have been reported to be within the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, an ungoverned portion of land between the countries where it has historically maintained ties with al-Qaeda.

The terrorists, of whom were located within the Afghan-Pakistani border and within Afghanistan, opened fire on Pakistani soldiers deployed within the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Kurram. In retaliation, Pakistani troops also returned fire to the TTP, as the terrorist group openly claimed responsibility for the killings later on.