KABUL: The leader of Pakistan’s Taliban armed group has been killed in neighbouring Afghanistan’s Kunar province, the Afghan 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 attack was carried out at about 9am local time on Thursday.
In a separate statement to the Associated Press news agency, Radmanish said that two other armed fighters were killed alongside Fazlullah.
“US forces confirmed that they were targetting a leader of what they say was a known terrorist group,” Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Aghanistan’s capital, Kabul, said.
“The Afghan defence minister though does say that Mullah Fazullah was killed in Kunar province, in that US drone strike,” she added, noting however that this was diffucult to independently verify at this state due to the remoteness of Kunar province.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (known by the acronym TTP) acknowledged that its leader had been killed, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.