Senior military commander Qari Mohammad Yasin – aka Ustad Aslam was killed after being hit by a drone strike in the country’s Paktika province, the Taliban have confirmed.
A statement issued by Mohammad Khurasani, the spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban confirmed he had been killed.
It read: “He was considered as one of the greatest trainers of explosives and electronics in the fields of Jihad.”
A US drone has killed a Taliban trainer of suicide bombers
Yasin, who was infamous for training suicide bombers, had been linked to an attack on the Pakistani military headquarters in Rawalpindi and an attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s national cricket team in 2009.
The news comes after Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born bodybuilder was named as the killer responsible for the terror attack in Westminster, London.
Masood drove a 4×4 into pedestrian who were walking along Westminster Bridge and then smashed the car into the railings of Parliament before stabbing a policeman and then being shot.
Images as Kabul military hospital is under attack by suspected militants Wed, March 8, 2017
According to reports, blasts and ongoing gunfire were heard at the hospital. The number of causalities is yet unknown
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Afghan Police officers secure the surroundings of The Sardar Daud Khan's Hospital, also known as Kabul Military Hospital
The man was responsible for the deaths of three victims and seven more people are said to be critically injured.
Just the day previously the UK announced a ban on laptops and tablets on inbound flights from six countries, following a similar move by the US on Monday.
The UK ban on any electronic item larger than a normal smartphone applies to all direct passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
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A US drone takes off in Afghanistan
There are six UK airlines – British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson – and eight foreign carriers are affected.
Passengers boarding flights to the UK from the countries affected will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal smartphone – specified as 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in).
Any such devices will need to be placed in hold luggage. The restrictions have no time limit and will apply until further notice, a Downing Street spokesman said.