Source: Pakistani Taliban pick new No.2 after drone strike

By REUTERS
May 30, 2013 13:37

 
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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - Pakistani Taliban militants have chosen a new deputy commander to replace their previous second-in-command who was killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan region, sources in the militant group said on Thursday.

The previous deputy commander, Wali-ur-Rehman, was killed in an attack by a missile-firing US drone aircraft in the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, on northwest Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, on Wednesday, Pakistani security officials and militants said.

A Pakistani Taliban committee met late on Wednesday to chose a new deputy after Wali-ur-Rehman was buried in a low-key ceremony, three Taliban members told Reuters.

The Taliban members said the new number two, Khan Said, 38, had served as Rehman's deputy. He was involved in planning a 2011 attack on a Pakistani navy base in Karachi in which 18 people were killed and a 2012 jail break in which nearly 400 militant inmates escaped, they said.

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