Peshawar 02nd November 2013: Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan bordering Afghanistan, said sources.
Pakistani Taliban confirmed Mehsud, believed to be aged about 34 and three others were killed on Friday.
Hakimullah Mehsud’s funeral is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday in Miranshah, according to an intelligence source.
The CIA and the White House declined to comment on Mehsud’s death.
North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions along the Afghan border, which Washington considers to be a major hub of Taliban and Al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan. US has carried out hundreds of missile attacks since 2004, targeting suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda linked militants in the tribal areas.
Hakimullah Mehsud was one of the most wanted and feared men in Pakistan with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head and his killing was the latest defeat for the Pakistani Taliban, which has carried out attacks against Pakistani armed forces and civilians in its fight to oust the Government. Mehsud‘s death was expected to have large consequences in Pakistan, a country were fights continuing for years.