US drone attack 'kills Taliban leader' in Pakistan

U.S. drone attack "killed" Taliban leader Mehsud in Pakistan, according to Pakistan state television.

US drone attack 'kills Taliban leader' in Pakistan

The Pakistani army says it is investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has died from injuries sustained in a U.S. drone missile strike.

Speculation about the warlord's death first surfaced after a January 14 bombing by unmanned US spy planes in North Waziristan, but within days Mehsud released two audio statements denying his demise.

Security officials said at the time he may have been wounded, and on Sunday state television station PTV, citing unnamed sources, reported that Mehsud had been buried on Friday in the northwestern tribal district of Orakzai.

Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas says the army is using its agents in Pakistan's northwest where the death is reported to have occurred to try to confirm or deny the reports.

A military spokesman said he had no information on reports of Hakimullah's death.

Taliban spokesmen admitted this month that Mehsud was in the Shaktoi area where the drones hit, but said he left about an hour beforehand. US officials said they had no information about his reported death.

Mehsud assumed leadership of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) after previous leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in August last year.

The TTP denied Baitullah Mehsud's death for weeks, apparently amid the differences over who would succeed him.


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