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Report: Taliban Leader Killed

Pakistani intelligence officials said Friday that Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban group PTT, was one of at least three people killed in a U.S. drone strike. U.S. officials and PTT have not confirmed the hit, but Pakistan said that their officials sent to the tribal area in North Waziristan had confirmed that the PTT leader was among the dead. Mehsud has incorrectly been reported dead several times in the past, and U.S. media outlets have not independently confirmed that he was killed in the strike. The Pakistani officials who leaked the news anonymously said that the village the strike hit was a stronghold of the Haqqani network, which regularly targets NATO troops.