A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has killed Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Pakistani sources have told Al Jazeera.
"We can confirm Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the drone strike," said the source on Friday.
Four security officials confirmed his death to Reuters news agency. His bodyguard and driver were also among the dead, they said.
"Among the dead, who are in large numbers, are Hakimullah's personal bodyguard Tariq Mehsud and his driver Abdullah Mehsud, two of his closest people," said one intelligence source, adding at least 25 people were killed in the strike.
Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamad, said that Pakistan's Taliban has also confirmed Mehsud's killing.
As leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Mehsud was the most wanted man in Pakistan and the U.S. had a $5m bounty on his head.
Mehsud, who had been reported dead several times before, became the leader of the Pakistani Taliban in August 2009 after a drone strike killed the previous leader, his mentor.
(Source: Al Jazeera)
Subscribe to our RSS feed to stay in touch and receive all of TT updates right in your feed reader