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Who killed in Noshki drone strike?

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QUETTA: The reports about the death of Taliban leader Mulla Akhtar Mansour who was claimed to be killed by the Americans in a US drone strike in Noshki district of Balochistan are contradictory in view of the two different versions of the incident.

US administration officials on Sunday claimed the death of Afghan Taliban chief Mulla Akhtar Mansour along with another man in the drone attack in Pak-Afghan border area within Pakistani territory.

According to the evidence collected by ARY News and backed by the documents, the two men killed in Noshki drone attack were Mohammad Wali son of Shah Mohammad and Mohammad Azam. Mohammad Wali is being called Afghan Taliban chief Mulla Akhtar Mansour by the American version of the incident.

Mohammad Wali was registered as voter in year 2012 in Qilla Abdullah of Balochistan. His national identity card carrying his temporary address as Bismillah Terrace in Karachi.

He frequently visited since year 2006. According to the details of his foreign visits Wali visited overseas for 18 times from year 2006 to 2016. He travelled from Karachi in 15 foreign trips while once from Quetta airport. He also travelled Iran by road in his last two overseas trips.

According to the travel documents in his first visit this year Mohammad Wali left for Taftan on February 18 and returned on March 10. In his second travel he left for Taftan again on April 25 and returned back on May 21, 2016.

The chassis number of the vehicle destroyed in the drone attack was 0027230 and engine number was 1587853 NZ, according to the details gathered by the ARY News.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his remarks on the American claim said that the death of the Taliban chief yet to be confirmed.

Mansour is said to be in his mid-40s and was a native of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in the country’s southeastern Pashtun heartland — close to the border with Pakistan.

He had also served as minister of civil aviation in the Afghan Taliban government in the mid-1990s and comes from the Pashtun Ishaqzai tribe.

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