Pakistan Taliban leader believed dead: intelligence officials

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Posted: Jan 15, 2012 1:53 PM
Pakistan Taliban leader believed dead: intelligence officials

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, the militant movement that poses the gravest security threat to the country, was believed killed by a U.S. drone strike, four Pakistan intelligence officials told Reuters Sunday.

The officials said they intercepted wireless radio chatter between Taliban fighters detailing how Hakimullah Mehsud was killed while travelling in a convoy to a meeting in the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.

A senior military official told Reuters there was no official confirmation that the Pakistani state's deadliest enemy had been killed. The Pakistani Taliban issued a denial.

(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Writing by Michael Georgy)