Drone strike in Pakistan kills head of Pakistan Taliban

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Hakimullah Mehsud-Pakistani Taliban chief, on left

A senior Taliban source has confirmed that a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed the head of the Pakistan Taliban Friday.

Several intelligence, army and militant sources said Friday that Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, and a senior Taliban source confirmed his death to Reuters. The Taliban source also said Mehsud’s funeral would be held Saturday.

The strike—one of a series of recent attacks aimed at insurgents– occurred in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.

“We can confirm Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the drone strike,” one senior security official told Reuters.

Mehsud, who is also believed to be behind a failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square in 2010 as well as brazen attacks inside Pakistan, was widely reported to have been killed in 2010, but later resurfaced. The tribal areas where the drone attacks occur are dangerous, making it difficult for journalists to independently confirm information.

The strike—which hit the village of Dande Derpa Khel in North Waziristan– also killed four other suspected militants, according to two Pakistani intelligence officials.

A senior U.S. intelligence official confirmed the strike overnight, saying the U.S. received positive confirmation Friday morning that he had been killed.

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