Taliban deputy leader Mehsud killed in U.S. drone strike

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The deputy leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a suspected USA drone strike and a new deputy has been appointed said the Tehrik-e-Taliban paksitan.

Pakistan denies sheltering militants.

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

Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Monday that a recent US drone strike has eliminated its senior commander Khan Said Sajna.

TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani said Sajna was also heading the Mehsud faction of the Taliban and that, following his death, the top leadership appointed Mufti Noor Wali Wali to replace their dead deputy.

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.

Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident saying the Taliban also assaulted the NDS Center while the insider attack was under way, sparking fierce clashes with Afghan security guards.

In recent weeks, Kabul has been hit by several deadly assaults, including a massive suicide vehicle bombing in a crowded central area on January 27 that killed more than 100 people and was claimed by the Taliban.

Helmand is one of Afghanistan's most violent provinces, and also a major source of opium, the narcotic used to make heroin.

U.S. drone strikes in the border region have picked up since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, though they are a long way off their peak in 2010.

Last month, the United States suspended about $2 billion assistance to Pakistan.

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