US drone strike kills Pakistan Taliban leader

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A spokesman for the Pakistani army said it could not confirm that Fazlullah was killed in the drone strike.

A US official said the USA believes that it is likely the strike killed Fazlullah, but efforts are ongoing to confirm his death.

President Ghani telephoned Gen Qamar Friday night - hours after Afghan and American officials formally confirmed the death of the most ferocious chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the umbrella of terrorist groups responsible for most violence in the country.

Apart from numerous terrorist attacks on Pakistani forces and civilians, he is also considered the mastermind of the 2014 massacre of over 140 children at an army-run school in Peshawar.

In 2012, its fighters also shot Malala Yousafzai, then an 11-year-old who advocated education for fellow girls.

In 2014 she won the Nobel Prize, and earlier this year she made an emotional return to Pakistan for the first time since the shooting. But if the US assistance to Pakistan helps get rid of one of their most wanted terrorists and leads to an easing of tensions, that may be a good thing for the blossoming peace process in Afghanistan.

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Fazlullah and two other insurgents were killed on Thursday morning in north-eastern Kunar province, Mohammad Radmanish said.

Military officials - speaking off record - said Wednesday's strike targeted Mullah Fazlullah, who is the leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

The official said the status of Fazlullah was unclear.

"The ceasefire does not include USA counterterrorism efforts against (Islamic State and al Qaeda) and other regional and worldwide terrorist groups, or the inherent right of U.S. and global forces to defend ourselves if attacked", O'Donnell said.

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.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the death of Mullah Fazlullah in a Twitter message and said he informed Pakistan's prime minister and army chief of the development.

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Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has reportedly been killed by a U.S.

The US said the strike was aimed at a senior militant figure, in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar, which is on the Pakistan border.

There was no official confirmation from Pakistan, but a Pakistani senior security source told AFP that Fazlullah is believed to have been killed.

Pakistan's military says that it has killed at least 4,000 fighters working for the TTP and its allies since 2013.

In Yousafzai's home town of Mingora, residents welcomed Fazullah's death, AP reported. "People in Swat will feel safer after the killing of Fazlullah".

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