London: A successor to the top Pakistani Taliban commander, Mullah Nazir, who was killed in a US drone strike this week, has been announced.
Bahawal Khan, also known as Salahuddin Ayubi, will take the command of Mullah Nazir`s group, officials say.
Mullah Nazir died when two missiles struck his vehicle in the tribal area of South Waziristan on Wednesday.
He headed one of four major insurgent factions in Pakistan`s north-west and was a key figure in supplying fighters and support to the Afghan Taliban.
According to the BBC, Pakistani intelligence official said that Bahawal Khan was appointed as top commander of the group after Nazir`s funeral.
Bahawal Khan, said to be aged 34 and an illiterate former bus driver, is a long-time close associate of Mullah Nazir.
The two men having fought together alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan before the 2001 US invasion.