Report Taliban Leader Possibly Killed

08.07.09 | FL News Team

The top Taliban leader in Pakistan may have been killed in a U.S. missile attack. A U.S. official said Thursday Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud [[ bah-too-luh may-SOOD ]] may be dead. Mehsud's wife was killed two days ago in a missile attack. Now Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik is confirming the report saying "we suspect he was killed in the (same) missile strike." Malik says, quote, "We have some information, but we don't have material evidence to confirm it." The U.S. has offered a five-million dollar reward for information leading to Mehsud who's believed to be allied with al-Qaeda and is suspected of being behind the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

 

The missile strike is thought to have been carried out by a U.S. drone early Wednesday morning. Relatives had already confirmed Mehsud's wife had been killed in the attack that targeted her father's home. Intelligence officials have also confirmed one of Mehsud's brothers and seven of his bodyguards died in the attack. The identity of another victim is still being determined.