This undated photograh shows Asmatullah Shaheen (C), a former interim chief of a militant group, talking with media in an undisclosed location in northwest Pakistan. AFP PHOTO/Thir KHAN
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Unknown gunmen killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban who had a government bounty on his head on Monday, as a suicide bomb attack targeting the Iranian consulate in Peshawar left two dead.Asmatullah Shaheen, who was believed to be in his mid-40s and was a former interim chief of Pakistan's Taliban, had a 10-million-rupee ($95,000) bounty payable for his death. Hours later a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iranian consulate, in Peshawar, the main city in the restive northwest, killing two paramilitary troops and wounding ten other people. An intelligence official in Peshawar said Shaheen was also wanted for masterminding other attacks on Pakistani troops that included suicide attacks.In the Peshawar attack, a suicide bomber carrying five kilogrammes of explosives blew himself up after being stopped at a checkpoint by paramilitary troops, bomb disposal squad official Shafqat Malik told AFP.Earlier this month Pakistan entered into talks with the Taliban aimed at ending their seven-year insurgency.
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