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Pak Taliban chief Mehsud killed in US drone strike

targeted in North Waziristan
CIA-operated spy plane targeted a compound in North Waziristan, killing Hakimullah Mehsud (pic) and five other militants on Friday, Pakistani media reported
An important meeting of the Pakistani Taliban was reportedly being held on the compound when two missiles hit it
Taliban sources confirmed Mehsud had been killed and his funeral would be held in Miranshah at 3 pm on Saturday

Peshawar/Islamabad, Nov 1
Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was among six militants killed in a US drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region today.

Besides Mehsud, his uncle, bodyguard Tariq Mehsud and driver Abdullah Mehsud were killed when the CIA-operated spy plane targeted a compound in the Danday Darpakhel area of North Waziristan, Pakistani media reported.

Taliban sources confirmed Mehsud had been killed and the funeral would be held in Miranshah tomorrow at 3 pm.

Earlier, intelligence sources were quoted by Dawn as saying that the attack left Mehsud dead. Geo News, too, quoted security sources as confirming the Taliban chief's death.

The compound was "completely destroyed" when two missiles hit it while an important meeting of the Taliban was being held there, the sources said.

There was no official word on Mehsud's killing. This would be the latest in a string of setbacks for the top leadership of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, who have been repeatedly targeted by US drones in the tribal belt. PTI

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