It is now official. Baitullah is dead.
Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud – who had a £3m bounty on his head – is dead, his second-in-command has told Sky News. Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud in Pakistan’s South Waziristan region last year Molvi Faqir Muhammad confirmed the death after widespread speculation over the militant group chief’s demise in a US missile strike on Wednesday. Kafayat Ullah, an aide to Mehsud, said he died along with his second wife during the attack in South Waziristan. Mehsud – who has links to terror organisation al Qaeda – declared himself leader of the Pakistan Taliban, grouping around 13 factions in the north-west, in late 2007. Benazir Bhutto His fighters have been behind a wave of suicide attacks inside Pakistan and on Western forces across the border in Afghanistan. He was accused of being behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007 – a charge he denied. Continue reading