January 31st, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Report: Pakistani Taliban leader killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) - The Pakistani military on Sunday was looking into a local report that the region's Taliban leader died, officials said. State broadcaster PTV reported that Hakimullah Mehsud, the Taliban commander in Pakistan, was wounded in a drone attack this month, and that he died and was buried last week.  PTV cited local sources and its correspondent in North Waziristan.

But military spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN that "we cannot yet confirm" Mehsud's death. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik told CNN on Sunday that they have received reports of the Taliban leaders death, but also could not immediately verify it.

Mehsud has been the target of suspected U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan. The U.S. military routinely offers no comment on reported attacks by drones, or unmanned aircraft.

The Taliban leader's status came into question following two drone attacks aimed at him this month.


Filed under: Drone strikes • Pakistan • Taliban
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  1. E.Demuth

    Ignorance, false beliefs and ideaologies, intolerance, greed and, corruption persist. The same patterns of human behaviour and suffering are repeated and again and again and can be seen and traced back for over 6000 years of history. Slaughter and suffering will continue unless humanity lifts itself to another level of consciousness and behaviour.
    Posted by: E. Demuth, New South Wales

    February 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    Ok, one down and thousands of replacements to go? These Muslims sprout up like weeds, if you treat a single weed in the garden, that doesn't change the outcome at all!

    American's should be extremely grateful that the billions in Opium dollars generated by the Taliban off the poppy fields in Afghanistan are not being used to purchase bioweapon samples from the former USSR massive stockpiles and dumped into American State Capitals and American bound airliners.

    February 1, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Black+Blue

    What will The World Be Like When Our Enemies Gain Drone Knowlege?

    January 31, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |