New Taleban chief in Pakistan's tribal areas: spokesman
MIRANSHAH (AFP) - The new head of the Pakistani Taleban has returned to the country's tribal areas, a spokesman for the militants said Tuesday, after several years based in Afghanistan.
Hardline cleric Maulana Fazlullah was elected as leader of the Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan (TTP) last month after his predecessor was killed by a US drone.
Fazlullah has been based mainly in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan since 2009, when a military operation ended his followers' brutal two-year rule of Pakistan's northwest Swat valley.
TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said Fazlullah was now "commanding the Taleban movement at an unknown location in the tribal areas".