Top militant Umar Khalifa killed in US air strike in Afghanistan

A Pakistani military spokesman says that a US Army general confirmed the death of Taliban leader Khalifa Umar Mansoor in a phone call to Pakistan’s army chief. (File photo: AP)

Top militant Umar Khalifa, a leader of the Tariq Gidar Group, was killed along with four other fighters in a US air strike in Afghanistan targeting members of the ISIS-Khorasan Province, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Khalifa had orchestrated several operations in Pakistan, including the January 2016 attack on Bacha Khan University and a December 2014 school attack in Peshawar that killed more than 130 children.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48