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US drone strike ‘kills Jamaatul Ahrar chief Omar Khurasani’

PESHAWAR (Monitoring Desk): A spokesman of terror group on Thursday confirmed death of Omar Khalid Khurasani, leader of the banned Jamaatul Ahrar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Khurasani, a hardcore terrorist, was wounded in a US drone strike on Afghan side of the border.

“Our leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, was wounded in one of the recent drone strikes in Afghanistan. He was wounded badly, and today he was succumbed to his injuries,” Asad Mansoor, a JuA spokesperson, told a British news agency by telephone.

The JuA spokesperson’s version comes amid conflicting reports that Khurasani was among the people who were killed or injured in Monday’s US airstrike and subsequent drone attack in Paktia province of restive Afghanistan.

The militant commander hailed from village Qandari of Tehsil Safi in Mohmand Agency. He later made his splinter group JuA after the killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud in 2014.

The JuA has claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest suicide bombings in the country, and has in the past also supported Middle East-based Islamic State.

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