Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border

Mullah Fazlullah who is the Taliban leader of Pakistan has been killed in an air strike between the United States and Afghanistan at the border of Afghanistan. This is per the reports of a senior Defence Ministry official of Afghanistan on Friday. A confirmation from an official at the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan which is led by the NATO proved that Mullah Fazlullah was killed on Thursday. The military of the United States mentioned earlier in Washington that it had carried out a air strike which was actually aimed at a senior militant figure in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar which lies on the border of Pakistan. In addition to this, one of the officials of the United States mentioned that the target was believed to have been none other than Mullah Fazlullah.

Mullah Fazlullah was one of the most wanted militants of Pakistan who was considered to be quite notorious for the attacks which includes a school massacre in the year 2014 that resulted in the killing of about 132 children and the shooting of a schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in the year 2012, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Mohammad Radmanish who is the spokesman for the defence ministry of the nation of Afghanistan told Reuters that he confirms that Mullah Fazlullah, the Pakistani leader of Taliban has been killed in an air strike between the nations of United States and Afghanistan in the border area of Marawera district of the province of Kunar. He also added that the air strike was carried out at about 9 am in the morning on Thursday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Martin O'Donnell who is the spokesman for the US Forces-Afghanistan stated that the US forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike which was mainly targeted at a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization. Martin O'Donnell said that the US Forces-Afghanistan and Resolute Support forces led by NATO continue to stick to the unilateral ceasefire of Afghanistan with the Taliban of Afghanistan. In the meantime, the government announced the ceasefire in the previous week and it came into effect this week. As it was stated prior that the ceasefire does not include the US counter-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State, al Qaeda and other regional & international terrorist groups or the inherent right of the United States and international forces for the purpose of defending themselves when they were under attack.

November 19, 2018 - 09:12
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