Afghan Taliban leader Mansour 'probably killed' in US strike in Pakistan: Official
May 22, Kabul: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a US air strike in Pakistan, officials said.
According to US officials, Mansour and another male combatant were targeted as they rode in a vehicle in a remote area of Pakistan close to the Afghan border. However, Afghan Taliban has denied reports that Mansoor was killed.
The Pentagon has confirmed it targeted Mansour in strikes but said they were still assessing the results.
The operation took place near the town of Ahmad Wal at around 15:00 on Saturday and was authorised by President Barack Obama.
Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015, replacing Taliban founder and spiritual head Mullah Mohammad Omar, media reports said.
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan were informed about the strike shortly after it took place, the White House said, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times