Pakistani Taliban confirm No. 2 killed in U.S. drone strike

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The TTP has been blamed for dozens of suicide bombings and other attacks.

Mehsud was deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the main faction of the hardline Islamist Pakistani Taliban.

"We confirm that the deputy head of the TTP Khalid Mehsud died in a drone strike", Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khurassani said in a text message to reporters.

The deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a United States drone strike, the militant group said in a statement Monday, as Washington continues to intensify attacks along the Afghan border region.

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The spokesman said Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah immediately replaced Mehsud with another commander, Mufti Noor Wali.

Mehsud, also known by his alias Khan Said Sajna, is the most important militant leader to have been killed since the August 2016 killing of Hafiz Saeed Khan, leader of so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But there were conflicting accounts of the drone attack from Pakistani intelligence officials and militant sources.

Mr. Sayed had gone into hiding in Khost Province of Afghanistan after the Pakistani Army launched an offensive in 2014 against local and foreign militants in North Waziristan.

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The border region is off limits to journalists and verifying information independently is hard.

Pakistani officials have been critical of the American drone strikes on the Pakistani soil, arguing that they are a violation of the country's sovereignty.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan have been strained since January 1 when Trump's denounced Pakistani "lies and deceit" over its support for the Afghan Taliban and their allies.

But Mondays' budget requests endorse a State Department announced last week that U.S. security assistance to Islamabad could be resumed if Islamabad took the required action against militants. Islamabad denies charges that it harbors militants.

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