By Aamir Latif
KARACHI, Pakistan (AA) - The Pakistani authorities said Tuesday they had handed over the body of slain Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor -- killed in a May 21 drone strike in the southwestern Baluchistan province -- to his "heirs in Afghanistan".
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said in a statement that Mansoor’s body had been released after DNA testing confirmed that it was in fact that of the former Taliban leader.
"His body was delivered to his heirs in Afghanistan after all necessary legal procedures were carried out," Ali Khan said.
The minister refrained, however, from disclosing the identity of Mansoor’s "heirs" or the location of his burial.
Last week, the Taliban declared that their slain commander had been buried in the town of Spin Bouldak in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province.
On May 21, Mansoor and a local taxi driver were killed by a U.S. drone strike in the remote Nushki district -- near the Afghan border -- after reportedly entering Pakistan from neighboring Iran.
According to the interior minister, several government officials who had allegedly helped Mansoor obtain a Pakistani passport and national identification card have since been arrested.