Senior commander of Pakistan Taliban killed in IED attack, US State Department says

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Senior commander of Pakistan Taliban killed in IED attack, US State Department says

The Pakistan Taliban, known as Tehreek-e Taliban TTP, is a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization that operates in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

TTP sources told CNN that senior commander Abdul Wali - also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani - was killed along with two other TTP leaders in a targeted IED attack. The deaths occurred in Afghanistan's Paktika province, which borders Pakistan.

CNN reached out to Pakistan's interior ministry for a confirmation of Wali's death, but hasn't received a response.

According to the US State Department, Wali was the leader of a TTP-affiliated militant faction known as Jamaat ul-Ahrar JuA under Wali's leadership. JuA has been one of the most operationally active TTP networks in Punjab Province, Pakistan, and has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks throughout Pakistan, according to the US State Department. The Easter Sunday explosion of 2016 in Pakistan claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including the Easter Sunday explosion of 2016 that killed at least 74 people and injured 362 others in a park in the city of Lahore. The reward for information about Abdul Wali is offered by the State Department's Rewards for Justice program. CNN reached out to the US State Department for comment. His death comes as the TTP and the Pakistani establishment work toward peace talks.