Afghan spy agency, government confirm death of Taliban leader

The Afghan spy agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), and government Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah confirmed the death of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor Sunday. 

"Mullah Mansoor was killed in a drone strike at 3:43 pm (1113 GMT) in Dalbandin area of Baluchistan in Pakistan," the NDS said in a statement.  

Abdullah confirmed the death on Twitter, although giving a different time for the attack, 4:30 pm.

The Taliban had earlier denied that Mansoor had been killed after the US military said it conducted an airstrike targeting Mansoor in a remote area near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Saturday.

Last update: Sun, 22/05/2016 - 12:52

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