Former Taliban leader Mehsud's brother killed in NW Pakistan
Former Pakistan Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud's brother was gunned down in North Waziristan tribal area, northwest Pakistan, local TV channels reported Monday.
Local residents have identified the dead as Yaqoob Mehsud, a brother of Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud, according to the private TV channel Express.
However, the official sources have confirmed the assassination but not his identification as Mehsud's brother yet, Xinhua reported.
According to the details, Yaqoob was shot dead by unidentified militants in sub district Mir Ali, an administrative town in the troubled North Waziristan that borders Afghanistan.
Baitullah, the top leader of disbanded Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistani tribal areas bordering Afghanistan was killed in August 2009 along with his wife and bodyguard in a United States drone strike.
He was succeeded by Hakimullah Mehsud who is leading the insurgency in the area. Hakimullah had survived a drone strike in January 2010 and resurfaced in May in a video release promising more attacks on U.S. interests in the region.