The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a US drone strike on Nov. 1 last year, security and Taliban sources said.
Hakimullah Mehsud was one of the most wanted and feared men in Pakistan, with a US$5 million US bounty on his head, leading an insurgency from a mountain hideout in North Waziristan, the Taliban’s stronghold on the Afghan frontier.
“We confirm with great sorrow that our esteemed leader was martyred in a drone attack,” a senior Taliban commander said.
In Washington, two US officials confirmed Mehsud’s death in a CIA drone strike. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
At the White House, a spokeswoman said officials had seen the reports Mehsud may have been killed in Pakistan. “We are not in a position to confirm those reports, but if true, this would be a serious loss” for the Pakistani Taliban, Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said in a statement.
The killing of Mehsud was the latest setback for the Pakistani Taliban, a group aligned with its Afghan namesakes and which has staged attacks against Pakistani armed forces and civilians in its fight to topple the government.
1. insurgency n.
暴動 (bao4 dong4)
例: The insurgency was driven by people’s dissatisfaction with the government.
2. esteem v.
尊敬；尊重 (zun1 jing4; zun1 zhong4)
例: He is esteemed for his integrity.
3. topple v.
推翻；倒塌 (tui1 fan1; dao3 ta1)
例: The building is going to topple down.