x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pakistan claims local Taliban leader is dead

Pakistan says there is credible information that Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has died of wounds inflicted in a US drone aircraft attack in January.

ISLAMABAD // Pakistan has said there is credible information that Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud had died of wounds inflicted in a US drone aircraft attack in January. "I have credible information that he's dead but I don't have any confirmation," the interior minister Rehman Malik told reporters. However, two Taliban officials, including a senior commander, denied earlier in the day that their leader had died.

The rumours about the fate of Mr Mehsud began yesterday after a Taliban official told journalists that he had died of wounds. * Reuters