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KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed Pakistan Taliban Chief Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, an Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday.

In a telephone interview, Mohammad Radmanish said Fazlullah and two other insurgents were killed early Thursday morning.

According to a statement attributed to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col Martin O’Donnell, the U.S. carried out a “counterterrorism strike” Thursday in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan targeting “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.”

The statement did not say whether the strike had killed anyone and did not identify Fazlullah as the target.

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