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US drone strike on Taliban leader 'violation of Pakistan sovereignty'

Mansour assumed the leadership in July 2015

The US drone strike targeting Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on Pakistani soil was a violation of sovereignty', Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has said.

The US did not inform Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif before carrying out the strike, it added.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

President Obama authorised the strikes against Taliban leader.

The Pentagon previously branded Mansour "an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban" and said he was actively involved in planning attacks that threatened US, Afghan and allied forces.

Taliban leader was killed by a 'strike on his car'

Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike on his car, said the Chief Executive of Afghanistan.

Mansour was killed at 4.30pm on Saturday in Dahl Bandin, a district in Pakistan's Baluchistan province just over the border with Afghanistan.

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Afghan spy agency: Taliban leader killed in drone strike

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike. Credit: Reuters

The Afghan spy agency has confirmed that the Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike.

It follows an earlier claim by the Senior Taliban commander that Mr Mansour had been killed in the strike.

Mansour 'posed continuing imminent threat' - Kerry

John Kerry said the drone strike "sends a clear message to the world" that the US is continuing to support its Afghan partners. Credit: PA

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour posed a "continuing imminent threat" to US personnel in Afghanistan and to Afghans, and was a threat to peace.

His comments come as the senior Taliban commander confirmed on Sunday morning that he had been killed in a US drone strike.

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.

Peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort and to bringing an end to the violence and suffering people of Afghanistan have endured for so many years now. He was also directly opposed to the peace negotiation and to the reconciliation process.

– John Kerry, US Secretary of State

Afghan Taliban leader Mansour killled in drone strike

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike. Credit: Reuters

Afghan Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike, the senior Taliban commander has confirmed.

The news comes after a US official said on Saturday that Akhtar Mansour was "likely to have been killed" along with another combatant in a drone strike ordered by Barack Obama

Multiple drones targeted the men as they travelled in a vehicle in a remote area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, near to the town of Ahmad Wal, the official - speaking on the condition of anonymity - said.

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Taliban claim suicide blast in Afghan capital

At the scene security force personnel blocked off the site Credit: APTN

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on restaurant in Kabul that killed a 12-year-old boy and left more than a dozen people wounded, according to officials.

The bombing on Friday is the latest in a series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital and targeted "Le Jardin", a restaurant popular with foreigners.

A police official said five people had been wounded in the blast, although a Taliban Twitter account said many "invaders" had been wounded or killed.

At the scene, large numbers of police and security force personnel blocked off the site, which was partially illuminated by flames from the explosion.

Taliban appoint new leader after death of Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban have appointed a new leader after the death of Mullah Omar.

Akhtar Mohammad Mansour will succeed one-eyed Omar, who had not been seen since 2001.

News of Omar's death was confirmed yesterday but it is thought he died more than two years ago.

Omar went into hiding after his government was forced from power by the US-led Coalition following the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

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