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Air Strike Kills Key Pakistani Taliban Leader

  • VOA News

A NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

The international alliance says the operation Friday in the Shigal district in Kunar province killed Maulawi Dadullah and several others. Media reports say 12 insurgents were killed in the attack.

NATO says Dudullah, who was also known as Jamal, was responsible for the movement of fighters and weapons, as well as attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Dudullah reportedly replaced Maulvi Faqir Mohammed last year as the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal agency, near the border with Afghanistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.