Pakistan Says Senior Taliban Leaders Killed in Drone Strike
Posted on May 29, 2013
A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has reportedly killed senior Taliban militants, including the group’s second in command. Four people were said to be dead after the attack in the North Waziristan region.
The Pakistan Taliban denies that Wali ur-Rehman, the deputy head of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is dead. The attack is the first reported since the country voted for a new government this month. Nawaz Sharif will be the country’s new prime minister.
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On the campaign trail Sharif had complained about the lethal strikes, saying they breached the sovereignty of Pakistan, which has opposed the programme despite evidence of complicity at times.
Sharif has also announced his intention to invite the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) into peace talks, and has approached an extremist mullah with strong Taliban links to assist the effort.
But there will be few among Pakistan’s security officials who will mourn the death of Wali ur-Rehman. Rehman has launched deadly attacks against Pakistani troops, in addition to helping the insurgency against Nato forces in Afghanistan.
A U.S. Department of State photo shows Wali ur-Rehman, the deputy commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban, who was reportedly killed in a drone strike.