Sharif condemns US drone strike in Pakistan

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Akhtar Mansoor, Mohammad Omar This photo taken by a freelance photographer Abdul Salam Khan using his smart phone on Sunday, May 22, 2016, purports to show the destroyed vehicle in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was traveling in the Ahmad Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan’s border. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group’s leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. (AP Photo/Abdul Salam Khan)

The Pakistani Prime Minister said on Sunday that drone attacks on its territory were a violation of its sovereignty.

Nawaz Sharif was commenting on the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour the top Taliban Commander, killed when a U.S. drone fired on his vehicle in the southwestern Pakistan province of Baluchistan.

There were conflicting accounts whether the airstrike occurred Friday or Saturday. 

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This photo taken by freelance photographer Abdul Malik on Saturday, May 21, 2016, purports to show volunteers standing near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan border. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group’s leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. (AP Photo/Abdul Malik)

In comments to reporters in London on Sunday Sharif said his death had not yet been confirmed.

Mansour, believed to be in his 50’s, had emerged as the successor to Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, whose 2013 death was only revealed last summer.

Story by Associated Press.