26/12/2014 4:15 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

Alleged Mastermind Of Peshawar Attack Killed By Pakistani Security Forces

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LAHORE, PUNJAB, PAKISTAN - 2014/12/23: Pakistani students of Study in School gather in a candlelight vigil for the massacre of the innocent school children at Peshawar school. (Photo by Rana Sajid Hussain/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD: A militant commander who facilitated the Peshawar school attack was killed by security forces in Khyber Agency late Thursday night.

The militant commander, Saddam, was also said to be the mastermind behind the 2013 attack on a polio team in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in which 11 security personnel were killed, Dawn online reported on Friday.

A Khyber Agency official said at a press conference in Peshawar that Saddam was killed late Thursday night in Jamrud area, and added that one of his accomplices was arrested.

He said that as a key operational commander of the Tariq Gedar group of Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP), Saddam had facilitated the Taliban gunmen who attacked the Army Public School. The attack resulted in the loss of 148 lives, including 132 children.

Saddam was also accused for killing several tribal elders, the official said.

"Operation Khyber One" launched in October, has been extended to other areas of Khyber Agency and militants are being hunted down, he added.

The TTP had killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren, in a military school in Peshawar on December 17.