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Umar Khalid Khorasani, leaders of an offshoot group of the Pakistani Taliban, was reportedly killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. Khorasani was the mastermind behind many terrorist attacks in Pakistan, including the 2016 bombing of Gulshan Iqbal Park in Lahore on Easter Day. Following the bombing, that killed over 70 people, Khoransani’s group claimed they were targeting Christians in the park celebrating the Easter holiday. 

10/21/2017 Pakistan (Asia News) – The leader of a Pakistani Taliban group was killed by an attack by US drone troops in Afghanistan. AFP reports that Asad Mansoor, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JUA) militants, confirmed the death of Umar Khalid Khorasani and nine other affiliates. Khorasani was considered the “mastermind” of many attacks in the country, including last year’s bloody attack on Lahore’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park on Easter Day, which resulted in more than 70 casualties.

According to JUA spokesman, Khorasani was “seriously injured during a recent US drone operation while he was in the Afghan province of Paktia.” Local sources reported a rise in US drone operations in Pakistani and Afghan territory. According to experts, the increase would be a consequence of the forthcoming visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who will visit India and Pakistan next week and talk about regional stability.

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