TTP confirms death of Mullah Fazlullah, announces new leader

AFP and Staff

ISLAMABAD -- Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Saturday (June 23) announced it had appointed a new leader after the militant group confirmed for the first time that its former chief, Mullah Fazlullah, was killed in an air strike last week in Afghanistan.

US forces targeted Fazlullah in a counter-terrorism strike June 14 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

Fazlullah was killed in the US air strike, TTP spokesman Muhammad Khurasani confirmed in a statement sent to AFP on Saturday.

The group's shura elected Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to replace him, he added.

Earlier media reports indicated that the group had named Umar Rehman (also known as Ustad Rahmat, Fateh and Ustad Jee), a TTP naib amir (deputy) and close aide of Fazlullah, as his successor.

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