Hakimullah Mehsud denies death in new audio recording

Last Updated: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 23:23

Islamabad: Pakistani Taliban chief
Hakimullah Mehsud on Saturday issued a new audio recording saying he
was alive and well, and dismissed reports that he was killed
in a US drone attack in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

The recording was provided by the Taliban to media in
northwest Pakistan a day after another audio message in which
Mehsud said he was alive but did not mention Thursday`s drone
strike in Waziristan tribal region that triggered reports of
his death.

"After the audio message I released yesterday, some
people speculated and said that I did not mention the date,"
Mehsud is heard saying in the new recording.

"Today, on the 16th of January, I am saying it again –
I am alive, I am OK, I am not injured... when the drone strike
took place, I was not present in the area at that time," he
added.

Missiles fired by US drones killed at least 15
militants in a Taliban training camp in Waziristan on Thursday
and security officials has said Mehsud might be among the
dead.

Mehsud dismissed the reports of his death as the
"propaganda of kafirs (unbelievers)" aimed at weakening the
Taliban.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 23:23

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