Pakistan Taliban leader Fazlullah or ‘Mullah Radio’ who is believed to shoot the Malala Yousafzai, was killed by a US drone strike as confirmed by the US military official today.
Fazlullah who is considered as the chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and was targeted on June 13 in Kunar province.
Speaking about the strike, Lt. Col. Martin O’ Donell, spokesman of US Forces Afghanistan said, “US forces conducted a counter terrorism strike June 13 in Kunar province, close to the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, which targeted a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization”.
However, this is not the first time it has been reported that Fazullah was killed in a US drone strike as since 2010, he was reported to be killed four times. Fazullah was considered as the main culprit for Killing of the famous activist who is fighting for the girl’s education, Malala. He stopped Malala’s school bus and asked who is Malala after which he directly shot her in the head, but Malala survived and later on awarded as the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
Also known as the ‘Radio Mullah’, Fazullah was born in Fazal Hayat in Swat and studied at the Islamic religious school. He has also worked as a chairlift operator and sold firewood followed by which he joined his Father-in-law’s Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-shariat-e-mohammadi (TNSM).
Between 2007-09, Fazullah took the control on the Swat valley and during his rule, he illegally killed DVD shop owners, Sufi mystics, dancing girls and barbershop owners. Girls were prohibited to go to school.
Besides brutally attacking Malala, Fazullah is believed to direct the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar thereby killing 151 people including more than 130 children. In 2012, he is said to head humiliating attacks on Pakistan’s military thus beheading 17 soldiers.
According to the Pakistani sources, US State Department offered $5 million reward for Fazullah. His son Abdullah was also killed in a US drone strike on a TTP training facility.