February 10, 2010
Pakistan confirmed today that the Taleban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has died of wounds sustained in a US drone strike last month.
The death of Pakistan's most feared militant commander with close links with al Qaeda is a serious blow to the Pakistani Taleban movement and has triggered an intense battle over who will succeed him.
Pakistani federal interior minister Rehman Malik said there was credible information that Mehsud was dead. It is the first official confirmation of his death following days of speculation over his fate.
"I have credible information that he's dead but I don't have any confirmation," Mr. Malik said. A senior Pakistani army official said there were some credence to the reports about Mehsud’s death. He said the absence of any ground intelligence from the area had made it difficult to gather information.
Mehsud, 30, was seriously
In: Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: taliban, taleban, leader, killed, dead, hakimullah, mehsud, pakistan, UAV, drone, strike, hellfire, predator, reaper
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