US Drone Kills Pakistani Taliban Leader in Afghan Province

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Fazlullah assumed leadership of the Pakistani Taliban after Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a USA drone strike in 2013.

An Afghan defense ministry official says Friday a United States drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah.

Taliban militants headed into cities across Afghanistan on Sunday as they continued to celebrate their Eid ceasefire with feasts and selfies, raising questions about what happens when the ceasefire ends at midnight.

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"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. She survived the attack and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her services for the cause of girls' education at a time when Taliban had established their writ in Swat and banned girls from going to schools.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan confirmed that it carried out a "counterterrorism strike" on Thursday in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan that targeted "a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization".

A member of the Pakistani Taliban told Reuters by telephone on Friday said the group was trying to get word from Afghanistan, where most of the Pakistani Taliban fighters are now based.

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

Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish told TOLOnews that the strike happened at about 2:30am local time.

Meanwhile, in his conversation with Ghani, Mulk said that Fazlullah's death would be received throughout Pakistan with relief as Pakistanis had borne the brunt of terrorist attacks by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which Fazlullah headed.

According to Pakistani officials, Fazlullah, who is believed to be in his 40s, took refuge in Afghanistan after the TTP was pushed out of Pakistan.

Bajwa's visit came days after the Afghan Taliban announcement on June 9 of a three-day cease-fire over Eid Al-Fitr, the first truce of its kind offered by the Taliban since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

"We have been hearing since early Friday that our Emir (leader) was martyred along with four other militant commanders in Marawar area of Kunar". However, people close to the Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan started to believe that something had happened to their leader. Said Nazir. A retired air marshal, Shahid Latif, called the strike "a significant development" that addressed long-standing Pakistani appeals for help against the insurgents across the border.

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