23 May 2016
Afghanistan has confirmed that Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been killed in an area in Pakistan after the US targeted his vehicle in a drone strike. His death was confirmed by Afghan’s National Security Directorate.
According to U.S Secretary of State John Kerry, Mansour was a continuing imminent threat to US personnel. He said “this action sends a clear message to the world that we will continue to stand with our Afghan partners as they work to build a more stable united, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. It is time for Afghans to stop fighting and to start building a real future together.”
Gen. Joseph Votel of U.S Central Command said at a news conference that Mansour played a key role in orchestrating Taliban and a variety of other organizations which include al Qaeda who was perpetration operations against US forces, coalition forces and Afghan forces for a long time. He added that “he’s an individual who has been in that structure for a long time. I’m glad he’s gone”.
An unnamed U.S official said the drone strike occurred around 6.am on Saturday in a remote area in Pakistan that borders Afghanistan.
Pakistani government has however said that the drone strike was a violation of its sovereignty.