Pak Taliban leader dead: Police

Maulvi Fazlullah, the head of a Taliban faction in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, was reportedly killed along with six of his comrades in the Barg Matal district of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, which lies close to the border with Pakistan, said Mohammad Zaman Mamozai, chief of the Afghan border force for the eastern region. “Maulvi Fazlullah was killed in a clash with Afghan border police on Wednesday night,” he said.

Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, who heads a Pakistani Taliban faction based in the Bajuar tribal region, denied media reports that Fazlullah was leading any assault in Afghanistan.

“He could be in Nuristan because the Taliban have been moving back and fourth along the (Pakistan-Afghan) border,” he said prior to reports of Fazlullah’s death. “He may be living in Nuristan but he is not engaged in any fighting there.”

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