A photograph which purportedly shows a photograph of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor printed in the main page of a Pakistani passport has gone viral on social media following reports of his death in a drone strike.
The passport was reportedly released under the fake name of Wali Mohammad and there are also reports that he was holding an Iranian visa as well.
Mullah Mansoor’s death has been confirmed by the Afghan security institutions including the Afghan Intelligence Agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS).
The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah also confirmed the supreme leader of the Taliban group Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a drone strike in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan.
The US Department of Defense first confirmed on Saturday that the Taliban supreme leader was targeted in a drone strike.
“Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region,” a statement by Department of Defense said.
The Afghan government also confirmed that the vehicle of Mullah Mansoor was targeted in an airstrike in the southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal.
However, the Afghan government said an investigation is underway to confirm that death of Mansoor which would be announced as soon as they receive final information confirming his death. -KP
THE PASHTUN TIMES