26 Aug 2012

Pakistani Taliban commander killed

5:54 am on 26 August 2012

A NATO air strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed a commander of the Pakistani Taliban and a dozen of his fighters.

Mullah Dadullah, his deputy and 12 bodyguards died in the attack on a house in the Kunar province, close to the Pakistani border on Friday.

NATO said Mullah Dadullah was responsible for the movement of fighters and weapons, as well as attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Dadullah was the leader of the Taliban in the Bajaur tribal agency. He replaced Maulvi Faqir Mohammad last year after Mohammad told the media that the Taliban were holding peace talks with the government.