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TTP chief killed in US drone strike in Afghanistan

Islamabad,The Afghan government has confirmed that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a US drone strike in Kunar province.

The Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesperson, Mohammad Radmanish, told Western media that Mullah Fazlullah, who led the TTP from 2013, was killed in the US strike on Wednesday (June 13).

He was traveling in a Toyota fielder vehicle along with four other commanders when they were targeted by a drone strike at 11:00pm on June 13 in Afghanistan's Kunar province.

Mullah Fazlullah was named TTP chief after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike in November 2013. The TTP leader had a reputation as a ruthless commander prepared to do anything to enforce his uncompromising interpretation of Islamic law.

In 2006 he began delivering fiery sermons on his own FM station, earning the nickname Mullah Radio, railing against polio vaccination programmes and girls' education. Three years later, the TTP under his command made an unsuccessful attempt to kill 11-year-old Malala Yousufzai.

Mullah Fazlullah was designated a global terrorist by the United States and carried a bounty of $5 million. He had been on the run since his loyalists were defeated in a major military operation in Swat district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in 2009.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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