Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Military Space News .

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Pakistani Taliban leader escapes US strike: militants

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.
by Staff Writers
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) Jan 14, 2010
Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud was in the area of northwest Pakistan where a US drone strike killed 10 people Thursday but left before the missiles hit, a militant spokesman said.

Missiles fired by unmanned US aircraft hit a militant training camp early Thursday in a remote area on the border between North and South Waziristan, strongholds of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) group, officials said.

"Hakimullah Mehsud was present at the same place in Shaktoi where the drone attack took place," TTP spokesman Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone.

"But he had left the place already when the drone attack took place. He is alive and completely safe."

His comments came after local television stations carried unconfirmed reports that Mehsud may have been killed in the strike, the seventh to hit Pakistan's lawless northwest tribal belt bordering Afghanistan this month.

Tariq did not say when Mehsud left the area, which Pakistan security forces described as "very remote".

Hakimullah Mehsud assumed leadership of the group blamed for thousands of deaths in Pakistan in late August, after his predecessor Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike on August 5.

The TTP denied Baitullah Mehsud's death for weeks, apparently amid fierce infighting over his succession.

Share This Article With Planet Earth DiggDigg RedditReddit
YahooMyWebYahooMyWeb GoogleGoogle FacebookFacebook

Related Links
News From Across The Stans

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Anti-U.S. rioting in Afghan town
Darvishan, Afghanistan (UPI) Jan 13, 2009
Anti-American violence eased Wednesday in the southern Afghanistan town of Darvishan, where the Taliban fanned demonstrations following rumors of desecration of the Koran in a U.S.-led operation. U.S. military officials said there was no truth to rumors that the Islamic holy book had been mistreated, but protests had turned deadly before U.S. and Afghan officials met with community and ... read more

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2009 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement