Friday, 15 June 2018

Pakistani Taliban commander killed in airstrike in Afghanistan near border

The commander of the Taliban in Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan.
Mullah Fazlullah was Pakistan's most-wanted militant, notorious for attacks including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children and the shooting in 2012 of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The US military said it carried out an airstrike aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar on the Pakistan border.

Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman for Afghan defence ministry, said: "I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in a joint air operation in the border area of Marawera district of Kunar province."

US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O'Donnell said US forces conducted a "counter-terrorism strike" which targeted "a senior leader of a designated terrorist organisation".

The Afghan government announced a ceasefire in the region this week and Mr O'Donnell said : "US Forces-Afghanistan and NATO-led Resolute Support forces continue to adhere to Afghanistan's unilateral ceasefire with the Afghan Taliban."

SKY     News.

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