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Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, say officials

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(Read caption) Pakistani Taliban head Hakimullah Mehsud, shown here meeting with other militants in South Waziristan in Oct., 2009, has been killed, according to government and Taliban leaders.

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Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, top Pakistani government officials and Taliban leaders confirmed Wednesday, though some figures in the Al Qaeda-linked network deny the claim.

Rumors have swirled about Mr. Mehsud’s status since he was reported to have died from injuries sustained in a US drone strike in mid-January. If the reports are confirmed, his death would mark the second Pakistani Taliban leader killed by the US in six months. Similar confusion also surrounded the death of the previous commander, Baitullah Mehsud.

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