U.S. Drone Strike Said To Kill Pakistan Taliban's No. 2

By: CBS/ AP (Posted by Amanda Lanum)
By: CBS/ AP (Posted by Amanda Lanum)

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN (CBS/AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban. The militant group denies he is dead.

Three Pakistani officials say Waliur Rehman was among four people killed in a drone strike Wednesday morning in the North Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.

Two of the officials say their informants in the field have seen the body. The third official says there are intercepted communications between militants saying Rehman was killed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

A Taliban spokesman called the reports "false news."

The death could not be independently confirmed.

Most of North Waziristan is under militant control, and journalists do not have access to the area.

It was the first drone strike since Pakistan's nationwide elections earlier this month, and since President Obama's speech last week on the controversial U.S. drone program and more restrictive rules he was implementing on their use in places such as Pakistan and Yemen.

The Reuters news agency explains that, "The Pakistani Taliban are a separate entity allied to the Afghan Taliban. Known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), they have launched devastating attacks against the Pakistani military and civilians."

TTP is the group that claimed responsibility for the failed bombing of Times Square in New York City on May 1, 2010.

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