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U.S. drone strike kills leader of Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militants – spokesman

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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan, Oct 19 (Reuters) – The leader of Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, who planned some of the deadliest suicide bomings in Pakistan in the last year, died on Thursday after being wounded in a U.S. drone strike in Afgahnistan, a spokesman said. “Our leader, Omar Khalid Khorasani, was wounded in one of the recent drone strikes in Afghanistan. He was wounded badly, and today he was martyred,” Asad Mansoor, a Jamaat-ul-Ahrar spokesman, told Reuters by telephone. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban and has in the past also supported Middle East-based Islamic State. (Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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