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Pak probing report of Hakimullah Mehsud death

Associated Press
Jan 31, 2010 at 03:01pm IST

Islamabad: The Pakistani army says it is investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has died from injuries sustained in a US drone missile strike.

Pakistani army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas says the army is using its agents in Pakistan's northwest where the death is reported to have occurred to try to confirm or deny the reports.

Pakistani state TV reported earlier Sunday that Mehsud died in Orakzai tribal area, where he was reportedly being treated for his injuries. It cited "official sources."

MILITAN POSITION: Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is a prime target of US drone attacks.

Pakistani intelligence officials have said that Mehsud was targeted in a US drone strike in South Waziristan on January 14, triggering rumors he had been injured or killed.

Mehsud issued two audio tapes after the strike denying the rumors.

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