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).

Live text

Reporting:

  • Yaroslav Lukov 

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.