Pakistan Taliban’s chief Fazlullah reportedly killed in US drone strike

Islamabad | Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan’s Chief Mullah Maulana Fazlullah is reportedly been killed in the US drone strike on June 13 in Kunar province in Afghanistan, a US Military official told Media.

Fazlullah who is also known as ‘Mullah Radio’ is believed to be the person behind October 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai. The US has said Fazlullah ordered the 2012 attempted assassination of the then 15-year-old Malala, a fierce advocate for the right of girls to have access to an education. The terrorist is believed to have stopped Malala’s school bus, boarded it and asked, ‘Who is Malala’, after which he shot her in the head. Malala survived and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 2014

Army Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, spokesman for US Forces-Afghanistan told a media outlet Voice of America (VOA) that “US forces conducted a counterterrorism strike June 13 in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.”

“Fazlullah, who is believed to be in his forties, took refuge in Afghanistan after the TTP was pushed out of Pakistan following a major offensive by the Pakistani military against the organization,” reported Pakistan media outlet.

‘Mullah Radio’ who was appointed the Taliban chief after the death of Mohammed Omar in 2013, believed to have directed the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar that killed 151 people, including more than 130 children.


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