Pakistani Taliban confirm killing of senior leader
Pakistani Taliban Tuesday confirmed the killing of wanted militant Qari Zafar in a recent United States drone strike in North Waziristan tribal region.
Qari Abdul Majeed, known as Qari Zafar, leader of his own faction of Taliban (Qari Zafar Group) was involved in the bombing of U.S. consulate in Karachi in March 2006, Xinhua reported.
Qari Zafar was killed with 14 other militants in U.S. drone strike near Dargah Mandi area in North Waziristan on Feb. 24, a Taliban statement said.
"He was buried at a secret location after funeral," the statement said.
U.S. had announced a reward of 500,000 dollars for information about Qari Zafar.
Mufti Abuzar Khanjari was appointed new chief of the Qari Zafar group, the statement said.
The U.S. drones regularly hit hideouts of the militants in the Pakistani tribal region, which Washington considers as the center of Taliban and al-Qaeda remnants.