As-it-happened: Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud killed

Key Points

  • A drone strike in Pakistan tribal region kills Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, a high-ranking Taliban official tells the BBC
  • Several missiles were fired at a car and one of Mehsud's compounds in North Waziristan. Five people were killed.
  • The latest strike comes a day after Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif said dialogue with the Taleban "has started" (All times GMT).

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    1743:

    Welcome to the BBC's live coverage of events in Pakistan, where a drone strike has killed Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, according to a high-ranking Taliban official. We're bringing you the latest updates from our correspondents, expert analysis and your reaction from around the world. You can contact us via email, text or twitter. We'll publish what we can.

     
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    1745:

    The strike was carried out near the town of Miranshah in North Waziristan. Several missiles targeted a car and one of the compounds used by Mehsud.

     
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    1747:

    Local sources say there was a meeting at the time and five people were killed and many others injured.

     
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    1750:

    Mehsud, who had a $5m bounty on his head, had recently given an exclusive interview to the BBC, where he said he was prepared for ''serious'' talks with the government. You can watch the interview here.

     
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    1750:

    Mehsud became the overall leader of the Pakistani Taliban in 2009, aged about 30, after his predecessor died in a US drone strike. He masterminded a campaign against Nato convoys in Pakistan.

     
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    1753:

    The latest drone strike comes a day after Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif said dialogue with the Taleban "has started". Mr Sharif has also been pressing the US to end drone attacks.

     
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    1804:

    One Pakistani intelligence official said that Mehsud's funeral would take place on Saturday. Here's a link to his obituary.

    Hakimullah Mehsud. Photo: 2009
     
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    Richard Galpin BBC News, Islamabad

    says the killing of Mehsud could be a severe blow to hopes of peace talks between Pakistan's government and the Taliban. "It's very hard to see how this embryonic process can get under way," he says.

     
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    1815:

    In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declines to comment on reports that Mehsud was killed by a US drone strike.

     
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    1819:

    Details are still sketchy about how Mehsud died. Pakistan's Dawn website is quoting intelligence officials as saying he was leaving a meeting at a mosque when his vehicle was hit.

     
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    Sahr

    tweets: Im not supporter of Mehsud or Talibans bt #drone attacks r against the sovereignty of our country and killing thousand of innocent ppl!

     
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    1824:

    The BBC team which interviewed Mehsud earlier this year was able to film the Taliban leader and his fellow militants. It included some extraordinary footage of them relaxing by a river and throwing one colleague into the water.

     
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    1830:

    More details on the drone strike in North Waziristan. A senior US intelligence official said Washington received positive confirmation that Mehsud had been killed, the Associated Press reports.

     
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    1836:

    Pakistan's Geo TV says the country's Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, described the strike as an attempt to sabotage the government's plan to hold talks with the Taliban.

     
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    tweets: killing one Mehsud will lead to the killing of hundreds innocent Pakistani. No win situation for Pakistan

     
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    1859:

    Mehsud was the leader of the Pakistani Taliban's main section, Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is blamed for dozens of suicide bombings and other deadly attacks.

     
  17.  
    Simon Klingert

    tweets: The big question is, who will replace Hakimullah Mehsud? Is there anyone of his rank & caliber who can keep TTP from splintering?

     
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    1917:

    Prof Akbar Ahmed tells the BBC that Mehsud was a skilful military commander and his death is a huge victory for both Pakistan and the US. He adds that a big question is whether the new Taliban leader will try to continue moving on the path of talks with Islamabad or launch revenge attacks.

     
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    Richard Galpin BBC News, Islamabad

    says that security across Pakistan has been reportedly beefed up amid fears of revenge attacks by the Taliban.

     
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    1925:

    Mehsud was powerful, feared and respected among the Taliban as this BBC photo gallery suggests.

     
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    1933:

    More from Prof Ahmed (see 1917 entry). He says there's no doubt that people, including many in the Pakistani army, will be relieved that Mehsud has been killed. But Islamabad's official position is that "we don't want any more drones", which are seen as a violation of the country's sovereignty.

     
  22.  
    Jake Green

    tweets: The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud could create further instability in a region that is already crumbling. Maybe not America's smartest move?

     
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    BBC Urdu's Javed Soomro says the process of choosing a new leader involves a grand assembly where all the Taliban commanders from different areas gather and take a decision. But he says the drone strikes have shattered most of the logistics of the Taliban so a decision could take some time.

     
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    Pakistan's government has issued a statement in which it "strongly condemns the US drone strike". It says such attacks are "a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty and territorial integrity" and "have a negative impact" on bilateral ties.

     
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    2000:

    And that concludes our live coverage of the events in Pakistan, following the drone strike that killed Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. You can still follow all the updates on the BBC News website.

     

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