Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan airstrike

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An official at the NATO-led Resolute Support mission confirmed Fazlullah was killed. Fazlullah emerged as an Islamist leader in the Swat Valley, northwest of the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, more than a decade ago. He was known as “Mullah Radio” for his fiery sermons broadcast over a radio channel and has been designated as a global terrorist by the US. Fazlullah was Pakistan’s most-wanted militant, notorious for attacks including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children and the 2012 shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In March, the United States offered a $5 million reward for information on Fazlullah.

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Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in the center of the image

US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell said US forces conducted a “counterterrorism strike” that targeted “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.” The drone strike that took place in the Nur Gul Kalay village of Dangam district killed four other Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) commanders. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a ceasefire lasting until June 20, but on Friday suggested it could be extended. Gen John Nicholson, the commander of US Forces-Afghanistan and the NATO-led Resolute Support, said the United States would adhere to the ceasefire announced by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, which did not include US counterterrorism attacks on other terror groups.

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