Pakistan Taliban leader Fazlullah, the man behind the attack on Malala Yousafzai, has been hunted down and killed, a US military official conformed. It was reportedly confirmed to the US government-funded media outlet Voice of America (VOA). Fazlullah, who also goes by the name ‘Mullah Radio’, the chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was targeted by a US drone.

On June 14, the US military had carried out a strike aimed at the militant near the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“US forces conducted a counterterrorism strike June 13 in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization,” a spokesman for US Forces-Afghanistan, Army Lt. Col. Martin O’Donnell, also told VOA on Thursday. He did not specify that Fazlullah was the target.

“As previously stated, the cease-fire does not include US counterterrorism efforts against IS-K, al-Qaida, and other regional and international terrorist groups, or the inherent right of US and international forces to defend ourselves if attacked,” O’Donnell told VOA.

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Mullah Fazlullah grabbed hardlines when he shot activist Malala Yousafzai. She was an 15-year-old back then. Since then, everything has changed. The Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, lived to tell her inspirational story. Malala is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner. She received the prize in 2014.

The Taliban attack did not deter her. In fact, she was strengthened by the attack. Now, she is a fierce advocate for girls’ education.

Fazlullah became the chief of the Pakistani Taliban group that has waged a decade-long insurgency in the South Asian nation. The US official has yet not clearly confirmed the status of Fazlullah’s death.

In March, the United States had offered a $5-million reward for information on Fazlullah.

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