DUBAI: TTP chief Mullah Fazlullah , who masterminded the massacre of 148 people including schoolchildren, was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan on Saturday, reported Gulf News on Sunday.

Calling it a ‘big blow’ that will break the back of “TTP terrorists”, Pakistani officials said Fazlullah was killed during a joint operation by Pakistan army and US-led forces in Afghanistan. However, no official statement was issued.

A highly placed source in Islamabad told Gulf News that the news about Fazlullah’s death would soon be made public and his body would also be shown to public.

The joint operation to hunt down Fazlullah was conducted after Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif rushed to Afghanistan after the Peshawar school massacre, demanding that the Afghan government take action against TTP’s most-feared leader hiding there.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also been informed about the joint operation, sources said.

          –Monitoring Desk