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Afghan Taliban chief ‘Mansour’ used Pakistan airports

A man reads a newspaper containing news about Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour at a stall in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz
A man reads a newspaper containing news about Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour at a stall in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

Lahore: Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who is believed to have been killed in an air strike by the United States in Balochistan, was reportedly a frequent traveller and is said to have used at least two Pakistani airports for his foreign trips over the past nine years.

According to Dawn, Mansour was coming to Quetta from Taftan when his car came under the drone attack, immediately killing him and his driver.

A passport and a computerised national identity card found near the burnt car bore the name of Muhammad Wali. However, it’s suspected that Mansour carried fake travel papers.

According to an investigation agency official, Wali frequently travelled between Karachi and Dubai, and Iran via the Pakistani border town of Taftan.

He had returned to Taftan from Iran on May 21 and was killed the same day around 3 pm by the US drone in the Kochki area of Nushki district.

The official claimed that Wali was a frequent flyer and 70 per cent of his travel originated from Karachi airport; once he flew from Quetta airport.

He started travelling abroad on Mach 12, 2006, and flew to Dubai from Karachi airport. His last travel on March 31, 2015 was also from Karachi to Dubai. (ANI)

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