Mullah Mansoor killed in drone strike, confirms Afghan CEO Abdullah

, 5:23 PM IST

Kabul : Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah has confirmed that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, the supreme leader of the Taliban group, was killed in a drone strike in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan.

CEO Abdullah confirmed the death of Mullah Mansoor in an online statement.

“Taliban leader Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a drone strike in Quetta, Pakistan at 4:30 pm yesterday (on Saturday),” the Khaama Press quoted him as saying.

He added that Mansoor’s car was attacked in Quetta’s Dahl Bandin area.

CEO Abdullah confirmation came shortly after the Afghan Intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS), confirmed that Mansoor was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan.

It was first confirmed by the US Department of Defense on Saturday that the Taliban supreme leader was targeted in a drone strike.

“Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur (Mansoor) in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region,” the Department of Defence said in a statement. (ANI)