Pakistan Taliban says deputy chief killed in United States drone strike

SAS officers patrolling in Afghanistan

Details of the latest US drone attack emerged as an Afghan delegation led by the neighboring country's deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, opened a new round of wide-ranging talks Friday with Pakistani counterparts in Islamabad.

THE spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death of their deputy leader in a recent U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region.

Pakistan opposes drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

The group's leaders have nominated Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to take his place, the statement said, adding Mehsud has "undeterring trust" in Pakistani Taliban leader Maulana Fazlullah.

But militants have reacted violently, launching a wave of deadly attacks across the war-torn country, including in Kabul, in a devastating display of defiance.

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He is expected to operate in South Waziristan, on the Afghan border, home to Pakistani, afghan and Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists group.

Militant sources said Wali, known by the nickname Ghar Starga, is a ruthless leader with experience working in Pakistani urban areas including the southern city of Karachi.

Local media had earlier quoted unnamed Taliban leaders that Sajna came under the drone attack in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province, bordering Pakistan last week.

While U.S. and Afghan forces accuse Pakistan of failing to stop Afghan Taliban militants using safe havens on the Pakistani side of the border, Pakistani Taliban militants have been waging a campaign of bombings and other attacks on Pakistan's security forces. Much of the border with Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas is off-limits to foreign journalists, and strikes along the porous frontier are hard to verify.

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