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Officials: Senior Pakistani Taliban leader killed in strike in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:14 AM EDT, Sat August 25, 2012
A soldier of the 4th brigade combat team 4th infantry division of the U.S. Army disposes of waste left by mortar rounds at the Forward Operating Base Joyce, in the Kunar province of Afghanistan on August 20, 2012.
A soldier of the 4th brigade combat team 4th infantry division of the U.S. Army disposes of waste left by mortar rounds at the Forward Operating Base Joyce, in the Kunar province of Afghanistan on August 20, 2012.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Pakistani Taliban official confirms airstrike
  • A senior Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan, officials say
  • Maulawi Dadullah was killed in a strike in the Kunar province, officials say
  • The airstrike also killed Dadullah's deputy, ISAF officials say

(CNN) -- A senior Pakistani Taliban leader was killed in a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan's volatile northern Kunar province, the NATO-led coalition said Saturday.

Maulawi Dadullah was one of several insurgents killed Friday in an airstrike in Kunar's Shigal wa Sheltan district, according to a statement released by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

Dadullah, also known as Jamal, was responsible for moving fighters and weapons through the area, ISAF said. Dadullah also coordinated attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, fighters and weapons, according to ISAF.

Dadullah's deputy, identified only as Shakir, was also killed in the airstrike, the coalition said.

Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location that Dadullah was one of a dozen fighters killed in the airstrike.

No civilians were injured and no property was damaged in the airstrike, ISAF said.

The coalition did not say how it identified Dadullah nor did it release details about how the airstrike occurred.

CNN's Reza Sayah contributed to this report.

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