Taliban official: Group leader killed in drone strike

A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group’s leader, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, AP reported.

Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently reconciled with Mansour after initially rebelling against his ascension to the leadership, told The Associated Press that Mansour died in the strike late Friday “in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.”

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency confirmed Sunday that Mansour had been killed.

Earlier in the day Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said that Mansour is “more than likely” dead.