A key Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) terrorist leader has died in an explosion in south-eastern Afghanistan, local sources say.
Abdul Wali, also known as Omar Khalid Khorasani, is one of the victims of the blast.
He was considered one of the most influential and ruthless TTP bosses, reports Radio Free Europe.
Wali was the leader of Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JuA), a militant faction affiliated with the US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to Rewards for Justice.
Her death is believed to have dealt a blow to the group known as the Pakistani Taliban.
Two other dead were identified as Hafiz Dawlat and Mufti Hassan.
The trio were driving in the Burmal district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province when their car struck a roadside mine on the evening of August 7, anonymous sources told the network.
It is believed they went to Burmal “for consultation”, the sources said.
They were stationed in the Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nangarhar.
In October 2017, it was falsely reported that Wali was killed in a suspected US drone strike in Afghanistan.
It was reported at the time that he led a faction of the Pakistani Taliban behind several high-profile bombings in Pakistan.
Just a year later, the US put Wali on a bounty list with a reward of up to $3 million for information on his whereabouts.
Journalist Pir Zubair Shah wrote on Twitter: “One of the co-founders of Pakistan’s Taliban group, TTP Abdul Wali aka Omar Khalid, has been killed in Afghanistan, local sources say.
“The circumstances surrounding his death have not yet been clarified.”
“HOLD THE FIGHT” – BIDEN
Since the Taliban took power last year, Afghanistan has been hosting terrorists again.
The last American troops withdrew from Afghanistan on August 31 last year, and the once-defeated Taliban quickly overwhelmed the Afghan army to regain control of the country.
However, at the time, President Biden insisted that the US could fight terrorism in Afghanistan without ground troops.
“We will continue the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan and other countries,” he said. “We just don’t have to fight a ground war for this.”
In apparent foreshadowing of last weekend’s drone attack, he added: “We have so-called over-the-horizon capabilities, which means we can attack terrorists and targets without American boots on the ground – or very few if necessary.”
It comes after the world’s most wanted terrorist, Ayman Al-Zawihiri, was sold by his former allies after holed up in a safehouse in Kabul’s warlord district.
The al Qaeda leader was hit by a volley of Hellfire missiles launched from a US drone just meters from the old British embassy.
The Egyptian-born killer who served as Osama bin Laden’s doctor was under surveillance for weeks after 25 years on the run.
He was killed at 6.18am on Sunday after stepping onto his balcony alone.
MI6 chief Richard Moore paid tribute to the secret agents who revealed his whereabouts in the Bling Sherpur district.
The spymaster known as “C” retweeted a message that read, “We will never know the names of everyone who made this day possible.”
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5950532/pakistani-taliban-terror-leader-omar-khalid/ Pakistani Taliban terror leader Omar Khalid was killed in a bomb attack days after the al Qaeda chief’s drone strike in Afghanistan