Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was likely killed Saturday in a U.S. drone strike in a remote area of Pakistan, a U.S. defense department official said.
Mansoor, who is believed to be around 48, formally assumed the leadership of the Taliban last year following the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar.
The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the attack, said Mansoor was believed killed when the drone hit a vehicle in which he and another militant were riding. The second person was killed by the strike authorized by President Obama, the official said.
Mullah Abdul Rauf, a senior Taliban commander confirmed the death of leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in U.S. drone strike, the Associated Press reported.