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Pakistani Taliban confirm No. 2 killed in drone US strike

AP  |  Dera Ismail Khan (Pakistan) 

The for the Pakistani has confirmed the death of their in a recent US drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

Azam Tariq Mehsud, the for the Tehrik-e- Pakistan, says the group's deputy chief, Khalid Mehsud, also known as Sajna, was killed in last Thursday's strike in the border village of in North Waziristan, once a stronghold of militants.

He said another commander, Mufti Noor Wali, has now been appointed as the group's

Tariq says Wali enjoys the backing of Mullah Fazlullah, the of the Pakistani who is believed to be hiding in

Pakistani officials had earlier reported unconfirmed reports about Sajna's killing in a US strike.

opposes the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 17:40 IST