Pakistani Taliban leader killed in air strike in Afghanistan near border

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An official at the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan confirmed Fazlullah was killed on Thursday.

The Afghan Taliban said their three-day Eid ceasefire, which ends on Sunday, proved the unity of their movement and its "wide national support" as the presidential palace extended its own ceasefire with the militants by 10 days.

"The ceasefire does not include U.S. counterterrorism efforts against (Islamic State and al Qaeda) and other regional and worldwide terrorist groups, or the inherent right of USA and global forces to defend ourselves if attacked", O'Donnell said. She survived a serious head wound and went on to become the youngest Nobel peace laureate in 2014.

US forces had conducted the strike close to the border of Pakistan, targeting the "Emir" of the group, according US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell.

Afghans greeted the beginning of Eid with prayers on Friday as the Muslim holiday dawned in peace for the first time since the 2001 US-led invasion, after the Taliban agreed to an unprecedented ceasefire.

He is also accused of ordering the 2012 attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai, who had been advocating for the right of girls to have access to an education. "The media has been reporting that our emir (chief) has been martyred along with four other commanders in Marawara area of Kunar".

Kunar is believed to be a stronghold of both Pakistani and Afghan Taliban.

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Earlier in a statement, Director General ISPR Asif Ghafoor said terrorist incidents in Pakistan were linked to sanctuaries across Afghan border.

He said the target was "a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization", but he did not offer further details or confirm that Mr. Fazlullah had been killed.

An American drone attack has targeted and killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in an eastern border province of Afghanistan, military officials and local intelligence sources confirmed to VOA.

Mulk told Ghani the news about 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.

Khorasani was blamed for the vicious attack on a school in Peshawar in 2014 that killed 132 children.

The president said he urged the Pakistani leaders to take practical steps for bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table. Washington, for its part, accuses Islamabad of providing safe havens to the powerful Haqqani network, a group involved in numerous brazen attacks on foreign forces in the war-ravaged country in recent years.

A auto bomb killed 36 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday.

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