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Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike
巴基斯坦神學士組織首腦遭無人機擊斃

Head of the Taliban representatives Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, center, speaks to journalists after a meeting with a Pakistani government delegation on March 22 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
塔利班代表哈克(中)三月二十二日於巴基斯坦伊斯蘭馬巴德,在與巴基斯坦政府代表會面後,對記者發言。

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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.

(Reuters)

巴基斯坦神學士組織的首腦去年十一月一日在美國無人機攻擊行動中被殺,安全部隊和神學士組織的消息來源指出。

梅蘇德曾是巴基斯坦最惡名昭彰和最令人畏懼之一的男人,美國懸賞五百萬美元取他性命。他自神學士組織在阿富汗邊境的據點、北瓦濟里斯坦的山區藏匿處領導反叛行動。

「我們以十分悲痛的心情證實,我們可敬的領袖在無人機攻擊中被殺」,一名神學士高階指揮官說。

在華盛頓,兩名美國官員證實梅蘇德在CIA無人機攻擊行動的死訊,他們要求匿名。

在白宮,發言人說,官員已經看過梅蘇德可能已在巴基斯坦被殺的報導。「我們不能證實那些報導,但若這是真的,那將是巴基斯坦神學士組織的嚴重損失」,國家安全會議發言人海登在聲明中說。

梅蘇德之死是巴基斯坦神學士組織最新一次的挫敗,該組織與位在阿富汗的同名組織緊密合作,為了推翻政府,對巴基斯坦武裝部隊和平民發動攻擊。

(路透)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. insurgency n.

暴動 (bao4 dong4)

例: The insurgency was driven by people’s dissatisfaction with the government.

(該暴動來自人民對政府的不滿。)

2. esteem v.

尊敬;尊重 (zun1 jing4; zun1 zhong4)

例: He is esteemed for his integrity.

(他因正直受人尊敬。)

3. topple v.

推翻;倒塌 (tui1 fan1; dao3 ta1)

例: The building is going to topple down.

(這棟建築快倒塌了。)


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