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Elsewhere in the lawless tribal region, a gunman shot to death a Pakistani Taliban commander who masterminded a suicide attack at a volleyball tournament over two years ago that killed nearly 100 people, said Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan.

Maulana Ashraf Marwat was gunned down Tuesday in the town of Shaktoi in the South Waziristan tribal area, said Ahsan. The Pakistani Taliban were trying to track down the killer to punish him, said Ahsan.

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The suicide bombing at the volleyball tournament occurred on Jan. 1, 2010 in Lakki Marwat city, not far from South Waziristan. The attack appeared to be retaliation against residents who formed militias to drive militants out of the area, and a meeting of anti-Taliban leaders being held nearby may have been the actual target.




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