Afghanistan Confirms TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah Killed in US Drone Strike


Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s northeastern Kunar province on June 13. Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesperson confirmed the news on Friday.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesperson, Mohammad Radmanish, told international media that Mullah Fazlullah, was killed in US drone attack on Wednesday 13th June. He led TTP from 2013 onwards.

US forces had conducted an operation closer to Pakistan’s border targeting senior terrorist leader from TTP. Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the US forces in Afghanistan, informed media a day earlier.

O’Donnell, however, did not specify that Mullah Fazlullah was the target.

A US official, who spoke on condition of secrecy said the strike that happened late Wednesday targeted Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the banned Taliban organization. He has waged a decade-long insurgency in Afghanistan.

Mullah Fazlul­lah was named TTP chief after the death of Hakimu­llah Mehsud in a drone strike in November 2013.

Mullah Fazlullah, infamous for attacks on APS, Malala

Mullah Fazlullah was the region’s most-wanted militant, known for terrorist attacks including a 2014 Peshawar APS school massacre and the 2012 shooting of school girl Malala Yousafzai.

In March, the United States offered a $5 million reward for information on Mullah Fazlullah.

Mullah Fazlullah emerged as the leader of the Taliban in the Swat Valley, northwest Pakistan, more than a decade ago. He was known as “Mullah Radio” for his fiery sermons broadcast over a radio channel.


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