November 01, 2013
Hakimullah Mehsud DRONED!
ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Friday that their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, had been killed in a drone strike in the lawless Pakistani region of North Waziristan, senior Taliban and Pakistani intelligence sources told Reuters.That image above was from a previous false report of Mehsud's death. Proving that good things come to those who wait.
"Hakimullah Mehsud's funeral is scheduled for 3 p.m. (Saturday) in Miranshah," an intelligence source said, referring to the main regional city.
Hakimullah Mehsud has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across the country confirmed he had been killed in the strike in the lawless North Waziristan region.
"We can confirm Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the drone strike," said one senior security official.
Mehsud's Pakistani Taliban is an umbrella of militant groups separate from but allied to the Afghan Taliban.
Mehsud took over the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009 after a drone strike killed the previous leader, his mentor.
Four security officials confirmed his death to Reuters. His bodyguard and driver were also among the dead, they said.
"Among the dead, who are in large numbers, are Hakimullah's personal bodyguard Tariq Mehsud and his driver Abdullah Mehsud, two of his closest people," said one intelligence source, adding at least 25 people were killed in the strike.