Saturday, August 8, 2009

Pakistani Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud - Dead or Alive?

Earlier this week it was reported that one of Pakistani Taliban leader & mastermind behind the assassination of Prime Minister Benizir Bhutto, Baitullah Mehsud, wifes were killed in a U.S. drone attack. Subsequent reports indicated that Mehsud may have also been killed in that same attack.

Reports from his shoulder fired missile carrying jihadikazes in the area are disputing this claim....
A fellow commander in the Pakistani Taliban denied Baitullah Mehsud, the movement's leader, was killed in a suspected US drone attack this week, the BBC reported on Saturday.

Hakimullah Mehsud, who controls fighters in the Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber tribal regions, described reports of Mehsud's death as "ridiculous" and said it was "the handiwork of the intelligence agencies", the BBC Urdu service website said.

There was no independent confirmation of the claim, the BBC said, and Pakistan's foreign minister said late on Friday that he was "pretty certain" Mehsud was killed in the drone attack on Wednesday. (Hindustan Times)

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