2 Nov 2013

US drone strike kills Taliban chief

7:27 am on 2 November 2013

An American drone strike in Pakistan is reported to have killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban.

Hakimullah Mehsud, who was believed to be in his mid-30s and was one of Pakistan's most wanted men, has been reported dead several times before.

However, this time a senior source within the Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death, as have several other intelligence, army and militant sources.

The BBC says several missiles were fired at Mehsud's house and car, where a meeting was taking place.

Sources say six people were killed and many others injured. His bodyguard and driver were also among the dead, Reuters reports.

Mehsud took over the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009 after a drone strike killed the previous leader.

The Pakistani Taliban is an umbrella of militant groups separate to but allied to the Afghan Taliban.