Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah was killed by a Friday airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, NATO and Taliban officials said today, according to BBC News.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed the assault killed Dadullah and his 12 bodyguards, according to Reuters.
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Dadullah served as the head of the Taliban in Pakistan's Bajaur tribal area bordering Afghanistan, reported Reuters, having replaced the former commander last year after it surfaced that he was allegedly involved in arranging peace talks with the Afghan government.
He was killed in a "precision airstrike" on Friday, the force said. The statement did not mention any bodyguards, but said Dadullah was "one of several insurgents killed."
The Pakistani Taliban is loyal to radical Islamist principles similar to those uniting the Taliban leadership overthrown in Afghanistan in 2001, said Reuters.