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APS attack mastermind Umar Mansour killed

PESHAWAR: The mastermind of Army Public school (APS) attack in Peshawar, in which over 140 schoolchildren died in 2014, Umar Mansour has been killed in a missile strike in Afghanistan, security official said.

The official said Umar Mansour was killed along with another militant leader, Qari Saifullah, in the strike in the Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province on Saturday.

The massacre on December 16, 2014, left 144 students and staff members dead after seven gunmen of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stormed the APS in Peshawar.

Mansour, who fled to Afghanistan after a military operation was launched in the tribal region of Khyber to nab him, was killed within two months of him being designated a global terrorist by the US State Department.

The US State Department, on May 25, designated Umar Mansour as a global terrorist, clearing the path for his inclusion in its hit list.

There was no confirmation of Mansour’s death from the TTP. If true, his death would be a severe blow to the terror group.

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