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Pakistani Taliban commander denies leader death

A fellow commander in the Pakistani Taliban denied Baitullah Mehsud, the movement's leader, was killed in a suspected US drone attack this week, the BBC reported on Saturday.

 

Hakimullah Mehsud, who controls fighters in the Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber tribal regions, described reports of Mehsud's death as "ridiculous" and said it was "the handiwork of the intelligence agencies", the BBC Urdu service website said. (Reuters)