Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah reportedly killed in Afghanistan

Islamabad, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mullah Fazlullah alias Radio Mullah was reportedly killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, Pakistani media reported on late Monday evening.

Since 2010, this is the third time that the death of Fazlullah the mastermind of the Peshawar school attack has emerged. According to unconfirmed reports, at least five people, including Fazlullah, his wife and his son, were killed in a drone strike carried out on the Pakistan Taliban chief’s house in Afghanistan on Monday evening.

Pakistani army officials recently said Fazlullah was orchestrating raids on Pakistan from Afghanistan, where he had fled several years ago after a Pakistani army offensive against his stronghold in the Swat Valley.

In 2015, the United States had declared Pakistani Taliban leader Fazlullah a “global terrorist,” making it a crime to engage in transactions with the man behind the December 16 attack on a Peshawar school.

Fazlullah and the Taliban claimed responsibility for the school attack that resulted in the deaths of “at least 148 individuals, mostly students.

Fazlullah also was behind the 2012 assassination attempt on Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai. Fazlullah was elected leader of the Taliban in 2013.

In July 2015, Shahidullah Shahid, a senior leader of the Islamic State (IS) and former spokesperson of the outlawed TTP, was killed in a US drone strike in in eastern Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.

Shahid had joined the IS as a senior commander in Pakistan. He was effectively the group’s second in command in Pakistan. Previously, he served as spokesman of the TTP under Hakimullah Mehsud and current chief Mullah Fazlullah. The militant commander, whose real name is Sheikh Maqbool Orakzai, parted ways with the TTP and pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of IS in October 2014.

Source- India Today

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