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ISPR confirms death of APS mastermind Umar Naray in drone strike

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ISLAMABAD: Director-General ISPR Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa has confirmed that Umar Naray, the mastermind of the gruesome attack on Army Public School (APS) has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.

Bajwa said that the US General John Nicholson who is the Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan had called Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and confirmed the news.

Umar Naray who was known as Umar Khalid Khorasani and Khalifa Umar was a member of the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP). He had fled to Afghanistan after the military  operation but was actively plotting terrorist activities from there.

Around 144 people mostly children lost their lives when gunmen stormed the APS in  Peshawar on 16 Decemeber 2014. This is one of the worst terrorist incident in the

He was the mastermind of the attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. Around 22 people were killed and twenty others were wounded when gunman opened fired at the university on 20th January 2016.

The drone attack reportedly took place in the Bandar area in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Saturday 9th July, but was confirmed later. Another terrorist Qari Saifullah was also killed in the attack but this could not be verified as yet.

Naray was designated as a global terrorist by the US State Department on 25 May which paved the way for his inclusion on the hit-list.

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