Man believed to be Taliban leader had returned from Iran

Published: May 22, 2016
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Security officials and hospital staff stand next to unidentified dead bodies placed on stretchers at a morgue in a hospital in Quetta on May 22, 2016, which were brought following a drone strike in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan that targeted Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour. PHOTO: AFP

Security officials and hospital staff stand next to unidentified dead bodies placed on stretchers at a morgue in a hospital in Quetta on May 22, 2016, which were brought following a drone strike in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan that targeted Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: The man killed by a US drone attack in Pakistan and believed to be Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had just returned from Iran when his vehicle was struck.

According to sources, Mansour entered Pakistan from Iran at Zero Point in Taftan, a town which shares border with Iran, and hit by US drone while traveling in a rented car to take him to Quetta.

The crime scene is identified as Kuchaki in Naushki district, over 200kms off Quetta.

“We heard a loud explosion near Highway in Kuchaki area of Naushki in Balochistan inside Pakistan,” a resident told The Express Tribune. “The car, with two people on-board, was bombed.”

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mansour killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

The driver – who also died in Saturday’s attack – was a civilian who worked for a local rental company, according to the officials, contradicting the US account that he was a “second combatant”.

The US late Saturday said Mansour was “likely killed” in the attack in Balochistan. Afghanistan’s spy agency said Sunday that Mansour was dead.

Neither the Taliban nor Pakistan have confirmed the death.

Mansour’s passport showed he had left for Iran on March 28 and returned the day he was killed.

“He was returning from Iran when he was hit by a drone strike near the town of Ahmad Wal,” one security official said.

He added that the driver, Muhammad Azim, worked for the Al Habib car rental company based out of Quetta.

Two charred bodies found in Balochistan near Pak-Afghan border

An immigration official at the border town of Taftan confirmed the man’s travel dates, adding he was carrying euros when he entered Pakistan which he then converted to Pakistani rupees.

A passport and ID card recovered from the scene, gave the man’s name as Muhammad Wali, a resident of Killa Abdullah district of Baluchistan who was born on January 1, 1972.

The second address listed on his ID card was in Karachi. The photographs on both documents both closely resemble known photographs of Mullah Mansour.

It was not immediately clear whether the documents were counterfeit or genuine.

The two corpses were later brought to the Civil Hospital in Quetta, where they were handed over to relatives after autopsies.

A hospital source said both were badly burnt and the corpse of the man named as Muhammad Wali was charred beyond recognition.

The source said there was a “huge difference” between the way the bodies were treated.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Thora Bora
    May 22, 2016 - 7:30PM

    The source said there was a “huge difference” between the way the bodies were treated.

    means?Recommend

  • Pakistan
    May 22, 2016 - 8:01PM

    Watch out for three Eyes(I).Israel Iran and India.Recommend

  • Jaggu
    May 22, 2016 - 8:04PM

    According to reports he stayed in Iran for one month. Now who was giving him sanctuary in Iran? Who tipped about his crossing the border? Why couldn’t he be killed in Iran and why in Pakistan? Duplicity is being played by all players and in the end Pakistan gets the blame, world’s favourite whipping boy.Recommend

  • curioius2
    May 22, 2016 - 9:27PM

    Hows a well known terrorist travel through Pakistan and Iran using a passport? Why is his body returned to relatives rather than handed over to Afghan govt for verification? What are his relatives doing in Pakistan? Just curious. Recommend

  • Sami Khan
    May 22, 2016 - 9:28PM

    he was establishing secrets connections with Iran. good. he got eliminated. spot onRecommend

  • May 22, 2016 - 9:35PM

    Iran.Recommend

  • BigFact
    May 22, 2016 - 10:10PM

    Iran and Israel? India has to choose one.Recommend

  • kumar
    May 22, 2016 - 11:07PM

    @Thora Bora:
    Huge difference between the way osama and mullah mansour were treatedRecommend

  • Saravjeet Singh
    May 23, 2016 - 12:23AM

    Same like Kulbhushan Yadav? throw all your incompetent on Iran once again.Recommend

  • Hamza
    May 23, 2016 - 12:48AM

    @Pakistan:
    India iran or israel are not threats to pakistan at all. We can neutralize and strike back hardRecommend

  • syed & syed
    May 23, 2016 - 1:54AM

    How he got Pakistani CINC and why he was not recognized by Pakistani agencies.Recommend

  • Kala_bacha
    May 23, 2016 - 4:55AM

    Taliban and Iran – this can’t be possible or either these are same side of the coin. Recommend

  • UM@R
    May 23, 2016 - 5:53AM

    @Pakistan:
    Spot on…Recommend

  • Mahakaalchakra
    May 23, 2016 - 6:22AM

    How did Mullah Mansour, the chief of Taliban got a fake Pakistani passport in the name of Mohammad Wali? Any guess? There is a DEEP conspiracy. Recommend

  • hassan
    May 23, 2016 - 7:32AM

    Good observations of our LEARNED readers !!!Recommend

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