BANNU: A former Taliban commander was shot dead and his friend was injured in a firing incident in Janikhel Wazir area of Bannu on Friday night.

According to official and local sources, the former Taliban commander Malik Wali Khan, who hailed from Malik Shahi tribe, was going home along with his friend Habibullah when unknown armed men opened fire on him at around 10:00pm, leaving him dead on the spot, while Habibullah sustained serious injuries.

Locals said Wali Khan was a former Taliban commander for Malik Shahi tribe. A number of Taliban commanders, including Wali Khan, had surrendered to the security forces when they launched operation against militancy in Janikhel in 2009. After quitting militancy, Malik Wali Khan started attending local Jirgas to resolve disputes and he wielded considerable influence in the area.

However no group or individual claimed responsibility for his killing as yet.

Several people who quit militancy in Janikhel and other parts of erstwhile FATA were targeted by the Taliban militants from time to time.

A former Taliban commander Abaseen and his driver killed were killed in a roadside explosion in Charmang area of district Bajaur on November 22, 2018.

Banned TTP claimed responsibility for the attack saying Abaseen was targeted because he surrendered to authorities and would spy for security agencies against Taliban and guard fencing of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.