New Delhi: An Afghanistan spy agency as per current reports has confirmed the killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. The report said he was killed in a US-targeted drone strike.
The incident of the killing is reported to have taken place on Saturday, in a remote area southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal, near the Afghan border.
Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and defence ministry spokesman Daulat Waziri also confirmed that Mansour had been killed.
US President Barack Obama authorised the strike, an US official said.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, “Mansour has been the leader of the Taliban and actively involved with planning attacks against facilities in Kabul and across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel, and coalition partners.”
The Pakistani government has said that the drone strike was a violation of its sovereignty.