Taliban leader Mansour 'likely killed' in US drone strike: US official

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Washington (AFP)

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was targeted and "likely killed" Saturday in a US drone strike in a remote area of Pakistan along the Afghan border, a US official said.

The airstrike, which was authorized by President Barack Obama, also killed a second adult male combatant as the two traveled in a vehicle southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal, but no civilians were killed.

"Mansour was the target and was likely killed," the official said, speaking under the condition of anonymity.