United States drone strike kills senior Pakistan Taliban chief in Afghanistan, says report

US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief Afghan official

US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief Afghan official

The US military said Thursday it carried out a strike targeting a senior terrorist leader in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, where Pakistani Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah is believed to be hiding.

Nevertheless, a U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to the Voice of America, said the strike late Wednesday targeted Mullah Fazlullah, the chief of the banned Taliban outfit that has waged a decade-long insurgency in the South Asian nation.

Reports of the death of Fazlullah, who took over as leader of the TTP in 2013, were welcomed in Pakistan, where he is reviled for ordering the 2014 Peshawar school massacre.

Along with masterminding the attack on Yousafzai, Fazlullah was the leader of the TTP when they claimed responsibility for the bloodiest terrorist attack in Pakistan's history, on 16 December 2014 at Army Public School in Peshawar, which left around 150 people majority schoolchildren dead.

The administrative district, in northwestern Pakistan, was where militants shot and wounded teen activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012 as she was returning home from school in a van.

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman did not reply to requests for comment on Friday, nor did the official military spokesman.

"U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and NATO-led Resolute Support forces continue to adhere to".

In his Eid greeting this week, Afghan Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhunzada repeated the Taliban demand for direct talks with the United States before opening negotiations with the Afghan government.

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The militant rose to prominence through fiery radio rants, earning him the nickname Mullah Radio.

Mullah Radio was designated a global terrorist by the United States and carried a bounty of $5 million.

He is also believed to have ordered the 2012 shooting of then-15-year-old Malala Yousafzai over her advocacy of girls' education.

The Pakistani Taliban have brought a decade-long campaign of terror to the region but most of their fighters have now fled to Afghanistan.

General John Nicholson, the commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission had earlier said that the USA would adhere to the ceasefire with Taliban announced by Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani.

Washington and Kabul accuse Pakistan of harboring Afghan Taliban and the allied Haqqani network, which Islamabad denies.

Kunar is believed to be a stronghold of both Pakistani and Afghan Taliban.