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No one can believe the death of Hakimullah without evidence.

February 4, 2010

“Finish All Kaffirs from this World” : Trigger Happy Hakimullah Mhesud Gazi.

Mehsud likely dead, but no proof: US official

2240 PST, Thursday, February 04, 2010 ||Safar 19, 1431 A.H

WASHINGTON: Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud was likely killed in US missile strikes but there was still no definitive evidence that he was dead, a US defense official told a foreign new agency on Thursday.

“There’s a good likelihood that he’s dead,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. But final confirmation would have to wait “until a body pops up, or photographic evidence or reliable witnesses” verify reports.

US missile attacks have repeatedly targeted Mehsud, the head of Pakistan’s most powerful Taliban faction and involved in a December suicide attack on the CIA in Afghanistan, the deadliest attack on the US spy agency in 26 years.

Speculation about his death has mounted since a January 14 US drone strike in the Taliban stronghold of North Waziristan, near the Afghan border, but Mehsud purportedly released two audio statements denying his demise.

On January 17, a day after Mehsud’s last statement, a US drone carried out another attack that officials said also targeted the militant leader. A US counter-terrorism official said rumors were taking root because Mehsud had been out of view.

Hakimullah Mehsud, right, holds a rocket launcher with his comrades in Sararogha.—File photo by AP

US confirms Hakimullah’s death

By Correspondent Dawn News ||Friday, 05 Feb, 2010||Safar 20, 1431

WASHINGTON: US counter-terrorism officials are now confirming that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is dead, the US media reported on Thursday.

Both CNN and Fox News quoted senior US intelligence officials as saying that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief was killed in a drone attack last month.

Fox News noted that this was so far the strongest signal that Washington had offered about Hakimullah’s fate.

Meanwhile, CNN reported that Afghan Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani was the target of the heaviest US drone strikes in North Waziristan earlier this week, but he might just have escaped the assault.

A commander of the Haqqani group told CNN that “Siraj was in the area but had left moments before the strike”.

The TV network said the reported strike on Tuesday night were unusual for the relatively high number of missiles fired — at least 19 — and for the high death toll.

Neither Pakistan nor the US has officially confirmed the death of Hakimullah, who commands an Al Qaeda-allied movement that is blamed for scores of suicide bombings and is suspected in a deadly attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan late last year.

Courtesy : The News International, DawnNews, AP,  Google & Other Agencies.