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Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (C) sits with other millitants in South Waziristan October 4, 2009 in this video grab taken from footage released October 5, 2009. REUTERS/Reuters TV
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan killed the head of the Pakistani Taliban on Friday, security sources told Reuters, the latest in a series of blows to Pakistan's most feared militant group.
Hakimullah Mehsud has been reported dead several times before. But late on Friday, several intelligence, army and militant sources across the country confirmed he had been killed in the strike in the lawless North Waziristan region.
"We can confirm Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in the drone strike," said one senior security official.
(Reporting by Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Katharine Houreld; Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Alison Williams)
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