Funeral prayers of soldiers martyred in cross-border attacks offered

Eid al Fitr 2018

The U.S. State Department offered a $5 million reward for Fazlullah in March, the same month Pakistani sources said his son was killed along with 20 other militants in a U.S. drone strike on a TTP training facility.

Afghan defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said that Fazlullah was killed along with two other militants and a driver when their vehicle was struck in the eastern Afghanistan province of Kunar, along the Pakistani border, shortly after midnight Thursday.

"I am hopeful that the ceasefire between the government and the Taliban will continue to end bloodshed and eventually led to returning lasting peace in Afghanistan", President Ghani said in his address to the nation after performing Eidul Fitr prayers in Presidential Palace on Friday.

Until recently, the Trump administration had been increasing pressure on Pakistan to halt support for Taliban responsible for attacks on United States and Afghan forces.

The fearless Swat girl was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts for girls education and facing the grave threats posed to her by the Taliban.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan said it carried out a "counterterrorism strike" Thursday in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan that targeted "a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization".

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

But Fazlullah's death would be welcome news in Pakistan, where the government has repeatedly complained that Fazlullah and his Tehrik-e-Taliban had found safe havens across the border in Afghanistan.

It was under his command that TTP carried out most devastating attacks - including a 2014 school massacre that killed 132 children.

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But the Pentagon would not confirm Fazlullah's death, saying it can take time to gather definitive proof.

Fazlullah continued his reign of terror against Pakistani citizens from across the border, directing militants to conduct attacks against military and civilian targets across the country.

Fazlullah and two other insurgents were killed on Thursday morning in north-eastern Kunar province, Mohammad Radmanish said.

Maulvi Obaidur Rahman, a member of Pakistani Taliban, said they came to know about the incident two days ago and since then they had been trying to contact their leadership but in vain.

Unconfirmed reports from locals said Fazlullah has been killed, the Voice of America reported.

In both conversations Ghani said he urged Pakistan "to take practical steps to bring Afghan Taliban residing in Pakistan to the negotiation table".

Fazlullah, also known by the alias Radio Mullah or Maulana Radio due to his long sermons on a private radio channel, and his commanders were having an Iftar party at a compound when a remotely piloted U.S. aircraft targeted them, reports said. However, people close to the Pakistani Taliban in Afghanistan started to believe that something had happened to their leader.

Mulk made the comment in a telephone conversation Friday night with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and thanked him for sharing information about Fazlullah's killing, said a Pakistan government statement. The Pakistani branch has been allied with several other terrorist groups, including the notorious Haqqani network, responsible for the deaths of many Americans in Afghanistan.

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