A top Taliban commander has been killed in clashes with a rival group in Pakistan’s Sindh province.

Hatim Mehsud, affiliated with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed during exchange of fire with the rival Waliur Rehman group, police said on Saturday.

The incident took place on Friday in Gulshan-e-Bunair area on the outskirts of Karachi, the financial hub of Pakistan.

“The fighting erupted as part of a turf war,” an official said.

A contingent of security personnel, including Rangers and police, conducted a targeted operation in the area and detained around two dozen suspects following the incident.

They also recovered a huge cache of arms including a 7.5 kg bomb.

Around half dozen operatives of the TTP’s Hakimullah Mehsud group have so far been killed in a couple of months in the metropolis, the Express Tribune reported.

Mehsud group’s chief operational commander in Karachi, Sher Khan Mehsud was also among those killed by rival groups, apparently backed by Waliur Rehman, a senior TTP commander based in South Waziristan.