The Pakistani army said
Sunday that it was investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban leader
Hakimullah Mehsud died from injuries sustained in a US drone missile
strike in mid-January.
The terror chief's death would be an
important success for both Pakistan, which has been battling the
Pakistani Taliban, and the US, which blames Mehsud for a recent
deadly bombing against the CIA in Afghanistan.
announcement came shortly after Pakistani state television, citing
unnamed "official sources," reported that Mehsud died in Orakzai, an
area in Pakistan's northwest tribal region where he was reportedly
being treated for his injuries.
"We have these reports coming to
us," army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas told The Associated Press. "We are
investigating whether it is true or wrong."
A tribal elder told
the AP that he attended Mehsud's funeral in the Mamuzai area of Orakzai
on Thursday. He said Mehsud was buried in Mamuzai graveyard after he
died at his in-laws' home. The elder spoke on condition of anonymity
for fear of retribution from the Taliban.