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Senior Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed in Afghanistan Strike

A senior Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's northern Kunar province, the NATO announced Saturday.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 8/26/2012, 1:28 PM

US Secretary of Defense Panetta speaks with Commander of ISAF General Allen and US Ambassador to Afg
US Secretary of Defense Panetta speaks with Commander of ISAF General Allen and US Ambassador to Afg
Reuters

A senior Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's northern Kunar province, the NATO announced Saturday.

Maulawi Dadullah was one of several insurgents killed Friday, according to a statement released by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Dadullah, also known as Jamal, was responsible for moving fighters and weapons through the area, ISAF said. Dadullah also coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, fighters and weapons, according to ISAF.

According to the BBC, Dadullah had become the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal area earlier this year.

Dadullah's deputy, identified only as Shakir, was also killed in the airstrike, the coalition said.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location that Dadullah was one of a dozen fighters killed in the airstrike.

No civilians were injured and no property was damaged in the airstrike, according to reports.