Pakistan Taliban boss ‘killed’ in Afghanistan after al-Qaeda chief drone hit

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ONE of the world’s most wanted terrorist leaders has been killed in Afghanistan, local reports say – days after al-Qaeda’s chief was wiped out by a drone stirke.

Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, was one of three Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan fanatics said to have been killed in an explosion targeting their vehicle.

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Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, died in the blastCredit: ATFP

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The terror boss, middle, had a $3million bounty on his headCredit: Reuters

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He is said to have died in a bomb blast along with fellow fanatics Hafiz Dawlat and Mufti HassanCredit: Twitter

Their deaths are believed to be a heavy blow to the terror group, known as the Pakistani Taliban.

TTP co-founder Wali was considered to be one of the most influential and ruthless of its bosses, Radio Free Europe reports.

He led the Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JuA), faction which is designated by the US as a terrorist organization.

The two other men who died have been identified as Hafiz Dawlat and Mufti Hassan.

The trio were driving in the Birmal district of the Afghan province of Paktika when their car hit a roadside mine on Sunday evening, anonymous sources told the network.

It is believed they were heading to Birmal “for consultation”, the sources said.

They were based in Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nangarhar provinces.

Journalist Pir Zubair Shah posted to Twitter: “One of the cofounders of Pakistani Taliban group, TTP Abdul Wali aka Omar Khalid had been killed in Afghanistan, sources in the region say.

“The circumstances surrounding his killing are not clear yet.”

In October 2017, it was widely reported Wali had been killed by a suspected US drone attack in Afghanistan.

At the time, it was reported he led a faction of the Pakistani Taliban behind several high-profile bomb attacks inside Pakistan.

However it emerged he was still alive and a year later, the US put Wali on its Rewards For Justice wanted list with a $3million bounty on his head.

Bin Laden henchman zapped

It comes after the world’s most wanted terrorist Ayman Al-Zawihiri was sold out by his former allies after holing up in a safehouse in Kabul’s warlord quarter.

The Al Qaeda leader was blitzed by a volley of Hellfire rockets fired from a US drone just yards from the old British embassy.

The Egyptian born killer, who served Osama bin Laden’s doctor, had been under surveillance for weeks after 25 years on the run.

He was killed at 6.18am on Sunday after stepping onto his balcony alone.

MI6 boss Richard Moore paid tribute to the secret agents who revealed his location in the bling Sherpur neighbourhood.

The spymaster known as ‘C’ retweeted a message saying: “We will never know the names of all who made this day possible.”

Afghanistan is feared to be once again harbouring terrorists since the Taliban took over power last year.

The last American troops pulled out of Afghanistan on August 31 last year, with the once-defeated Taliban quickly overpowering the Afghan army to seize control of the country again.

However, President Biden insisted at the time that the US would still be able to fight terrorism in Afghanistan without having troops on the ground.

“We will maintain the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries,” he said. “We just don’t need to fight a ground war to do it.”

In an apparent foreshadowing of last weekend’s drone strike, he added: “We have what’s called over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can strike terrorists and targets without American boots on the ground – or very few if needed.”

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