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PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani intelligence officials say five suspected militants -- including the leader of the Pakistani Taliban -- have been killed in a U.S. drone strike.
A senior U.S. intelligence official says the United States received confirmation this morning that Hakimullah Mehsud was among the dead. Two Pakistani intelligence officials in North Waziristan also confirmed his death as did two Taliban commanders who said they had seen the militant commander's mangled body.
The Taliban commanders said at least four missiles struck just after a vehicle carrying Mehsud entered a compound.
Mehsud had a reputation for being particularly ruthless. He has been near the top of the CIA Counterterrorism Center's most wanted list for his role in the December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees at a base in Afghanistan. Mehsud also is believed to have been behind a failed car bombing in New York's Times Square as well as attacks inside Pakistan that killed thousands of civilians and security forces.
The Pakistani government condemned the drone strike, though it did so before news of Mehsud's death was reported.