Unconfirmed reports say Pakistani Taliban chief killed in U.S. strike: TV

16:33, January 14, 2010      

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Unconfirmed reports said Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mahsud was killed in a U.S. drone strike on Thursday in northwest Pakistan's Waziristan tribalarea, local TV channel Express said.

However, the spokesman of the banned outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Azam Tariq claimed its chief alive and well, the reports said.

Pakistani security authority told Xinhua the information could not be confirmed yet. Local TV reports said three TTP commanders were confirmed killed in the air strike.

The reports said a pilotless U.S. aircraft fired two missiles on a religious seminary and a house in South Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border, killing at least 10 and injuring another 14.

The missiles were fired at a time when the U.S special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke is visiting Pakistan.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Wednesday told the U.S envoy that expansion in drone strikes would be strongly opposed.

The former TTP chief Baitullah Mehsood was killed in a U.S drone strike in South Waziristan in August 2009 with his wife.

Source: Xinhua
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