The Taliban chief in Pakistan has apparently been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. Taliban radio conversations were intercepted and militants reportedly discussed the death of their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, from a Jan. 12 drone attack in North Wazirstan. A Taliban official has denied the claim, saying Mehsud was not in the area when the strike occurred. In 2010, Mehsud was also believed to have been killed in a missile strike, but the claim was proven wrong later.
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