June 15, 2018 / 9:32 AM / 9 months ago

Pakistan Taliban leader killed in strike in Afghanistan near Pakistan border, Afghan official says

KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah was killed in a U.S. air strike near the border with Afghanistan on Thursday, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official told Reuters on Friday.

The U.S. military said in Washington on Thursday it had carried out a strike aimed at a senior militant figure in Kunar province and one U.S. official said the target was believed to be Fazlullah.

Reporting by Rupam Jain; Writing by Nick Macfie

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