The leader of Pakistan’s Taliban armed group has been killed in the neighbouring Afghan province of Kunar, Afghanistan’s defence ministry said on Friday.
“I confirm that Mullah Fazlullah, leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has been killed in an joint air operation [with the US] in the border area of Marawera district of Kunar province,” Mohammad Radmanish, spokesman for Afghan defence ministry, told Reuters news agency, adding the air strike was carried out at about 9am local time on Thursday.
A spokesman for the US forces in Afghanistan on Friday would
only confirm that a “senior leader of a designated terror
organization” had been targeted in a drone strike in Afghanistan’s
Mullah Fazlullah became the leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in November 2013 following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, who was also killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan.
Fazlullah was the first commander of the TTP not to come from the Mehsud tribe in Pakistan’s tribal areas, hailing instead from the northwestern valley of Swat, where he waged a bloody war against the Pakistani state from 2007 to 2009.