How an iftar party led to the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief

Maulana Fazlullah was Pakistan's most wanted militant

Image Maulana Fazlullah was Pakistan's most wanted militant

Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish confirmed the killing of Mullah Fazlullah.

The US strike comes amid a ceasefire between the Afghan Taliban and Afghna security forces to mark the end of the Muslim's holy month of Ramazan.

He is the man believed to have shot Nobel Prize winning Pakistani female activist Malala Yousafzai.

"US forces conducted a counter terrorism strike, June 13, in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organisation", USA forces in Afghanistan spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Martin Donnell announced on June 14.

The US State Department in March announced a $5 million reward for help locating Fazlullah, who has also been linked to the 2010 attempted Times Square auto bombing in NY.

The Pakistani Taliban, whose Urdu name is Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, has also threatened attacks against the USA homeland.

She became a global symbol for human rights after a gunman boarded her school van on October 9, 2012, asked "Who is Malala?" and shot her. "We heard from our people that ameer saib (Mullah Fazlullah) was travelling in a auto along with four other commanders when he came under drone attack in Chaugam area of Shegal", said a TTP member on condition of anonymity.

Hailing from Pakistan's Swat district, the Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader is believed to have been operating from his hideouts in the forests of eastern Afghanistan since 2009.

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Fazlullah reportedly left the center around 10:45 p.m., but as soon as he entered his vehicle, a rocket fired from a United States drone struck the auto, killing Fazlullah and his guards. Sources say that as soon as Fazlullah boarded the vehicle missiles fired from an unmanned American aircraft hit them.

Bajwa's visit came days after the Afghan Taliban announcement on June 9 of a three-day cease-fire over Eid Al-Fitr, the first truce of its kind offered by the Taliban since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Unconfirmed reports from locals said Fazlullah has been killed, the Voice of America reported.

There are differences between the Pakistan and Afghanistan Taliban, notably in their origins but also in outlook.

On June 13, a U.S. drone strike conducted in Afghanistan's Kunar province reportedly targeted Fazlullah.

Meanwhile, Kabul and Washington both complain that Pakistan has for years allowed Afghanistan's Taliban free movement as well as medical treatment for battlefield wounds.

"Killing of TTP (Pakistan Taliban) commander is a positive development, it gives relief to scores of Pakistani families who fell victims to TTP militacy including the Army Public School (APS) massacre".

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