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Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Chief Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a drone strike by United Stated (US) in Kunar, Afgahnistan. Afghan Defence Ministry has confirmed his death in the drone strike which took place on 13th June, 2018.
Mullah Fazlullah or Mullah Radio is known for Army Public School (APS) massacre in which over 130 school children were killed and attack on Malala Yousafzai. He became Emir of TTP after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud on 7th November 2013 via lucky draw, according to the former TTP Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan. Although, he had been operating as chief of TTP Swat faction prior to that.
Mullah Fazlullah was nicknamed as Mullah Radio after his daily hours long fiery sermons broadcasted on illegal radio station in Swat before Opeation Rah-e-Raast in 2009. He was critically injured during the operation but managed to escape while his close aides including Muslim Khan were captured. Mullah Fazlullah was married to the daughter of Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) Chief Maulana Sufi Muhammad.
During a sermon on 5th January 2009, he announced ban on education for girls in Swat. Malala Yousafzai stood against this particular stance on which she was shot on Fazlullah's orders. Also, destruction of Buddha images carved in stones was carried out on his orders. Furthermore, wearing beard was also made mandatory by him.
Several senior Pakistan Army officials were attacked on his orders. It was during his tenure as TTP Chief that not even universities and schools were spared.
He was placed on global terrorist list and US had announced $5 Million USD for information leading to his capture.
#MullahFazlullah is trending on Twitter and tweeps are expressing joy
Killer of the students of APS and many more is dead now, what a news just before Eid ! Thanks to Gen Bajwa, his recent visit is the reason behind this success ! #MullahFazlullah— Babar Rehman Shah 🇵🇰 (@babarrehman56) June 15, 2018
Eidi for Pakistan😊#MullahFazlullah— Umar Hayat 🇵🇰 (@ranaumar789) June 15, 2018