14th September 2018: A U.S. drone strike killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan’s eastern Konar province, Afghan officials announced on 15th June 2018. Mullah Fazlullah had ordered attacks on schoolchildren in Pakistan, including future Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed the death of Mullah Fazlullah in a Twitter message and said he had informed Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief of the development. He credited “tireless human intel led by Afghan security agencies.”
The U.S. military in Afghanistan said it carried out a “counterterrorism strike” on Thursday, 14th of June 2018, in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan that targeted “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.”
Fazlullah was widely reviled in Pakistan for ordering the barbaric attack on a Pakistani army school in December 2014 in the northwestern city of Peshawar. More than 140 children and their teachers were massacred. Some of the victims were as young as 6.