The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday said that the mastermind of the Army Public School attack, militant commander Umer Mansoor, has died.
TTP Spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani, in an email sent to journalists, said that Khalifa Usman Mansoor Hafizullah will replace Umar Mansoor as the faction’s commander in Darra Adam Khel and Peshawar.
The statement comes a day after a US drone strike targeting alleged militant hideouts in Afghanistan side of the Pak-Afghan border region opposite to Kurram Agency which killed six suspected TTP militants.
Umar Khalid Khorasani aka Abdul Wali, the chief of the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), was wounded in the drone strike that took place in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, according to media reports.
Umar Mansoor, who had claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in 2016, was said to be the mastermind of 2014’s attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar which left at least 144 people, mostly children, dead.