TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud buried: Sources

Hakimullah Mehsud was killed on November 1 by a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency.


Web Desk November 02, 2013
TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud. PHOTO: AFP

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud was buried at an unknown location last night according to sources, Express News reported on Saturday.

Funeral prayers were also offered.

He had succeeded his mentor, Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a US drone strike in August 2009. Hakimullah Mehsud, the young, ferocious and vengeful chief of TTP had survived at least two US drone strikes in the past. However, on November 1, his luck ran out.

Drone strike

Several intelligence, army and militant sources had confirmed that Hakimullah, who was in his thirties, had been killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency on November 1.

A Pakistani Taliban fighter told Reuters on Saturday that leader Hakimullah Mehsud's body was "damaged but recognisable" after the US drone strike, in the first eyewitness account of his death.

“A remotely piloted US aircraft fired two missiles at a house in the Dandi Darpakhel area, one kilometre north of Miramshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan, around 7:15pm,” a security official had told The Express Tribune on November 1. The account was corroborated by an official of the local political administration.

They had said six suspected militants were killed and two others injured in the strike. They had also confirmed that Hakeemullah was among the fatalities. Local tribesmen had identified the other victims as Hakimullah’s cousin Tariq Mehsud, his driver Abdullah Mehsud and his personal guards.

A militant source had said the drone fired two missiles on Hakimullah’s double-cabin SUV while it was driving into his newly constructed house. Two militants sitting in the front seat and three in the back seat were killed, while two guards sitting on the rear cargo bed of the 4X4 were critically wounded.

Govt response

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, in his immediate reaction, had said the drone strike was aimed at sabotaging the peace talks with the Taliban.

“The drone attack took place at a time when the government was about to send negotiators to formally engage the Taliban in talks,” sources had quoted him as telling the two politico-religious leaders. Interior ministry officials were not available to confirm the phone calls.

Officially, the government had condemned the drone strike on November 1.

COMMENTS (22)

Mishrab | 7 years ago | Reply Bury him deep. Thanks to USA drones, keep it up.
Huma sa'ad | 7 years ago | Reply

Hakimullah Mahsud,Baitullah,Mullah umar and so many other so called Taliban leaders,who r they,from there they came and than later KILLED/disappeared no one really know except the real STAKE HOLDERS I.e pak army,pak govt(both have brought shame & humiliation to the people and our country) and their master US of A. Every blast,every bullet that has killed innocents is only connected with these 03 musketeers named above and what we hear afterwards is also told by same source so who knows all this Taliban fiasco is actually the proud co-production of these same musketeers to achieve their ultimate goal I.e completely wiping out this Muslim nation from the face of this world as a part of BIG PLAN.

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