Khalifa Omar Mansour, a top commander of the Pakistani Taliban, who is said to be the mastermind behind the 2014 attack on a Pakistani school in which around 100 children died, was killed in a drone strike by the US. The strike took place in the eastern part of Afghanistan and reportedly Taliban sources have also confirmed the incident.
The strike took place at the Nangarhar province along the Pakistani border in which Mansour along with his three bodyguards is said to have died. The news was broken by Pakistani military on their social media page. Mansour is accused of coordinating the December 16 Peshawar attack in 2014. Armed militants entered the Army Public School in Peshawar and killed 132 schoolchildren a dozen teachers. This is said to be the deadliest militant attack on Pakistan soil.
Some reports also state that another militant has been killed along with Mansour – Qari Saifullah. The US State Department had on May 25 designated Umar Mansour as a global terrorist, clearing the path for his inclusion in its hit-list.Officials said the focus would now be on getting Abdul Wali, alias Omar Khalid Khurasani and Maulvi Fazlullah, both believed to be in Afghanistan.