Zee Media Bureau
Islamabad: Wali-ur-Rehman, Pakistan Taliban number 2 commander, was buried on Thursday in Pakistan after he was killed by a US drone strike in country’s lawless North Waziristan, intelligence officials said.
The report of Wali-ur-Rehman’s death has not been confirmed either by the militant outfit or the United States, which had a $5 million bounty on head of Pak Taliban’s number 2 commander.
Wali-ur-Rehman was accused of involvement in many bombings including a 2009 suicide attack in Afghanistan that killed seven CIA employees.
Two intelligence officials say informants on the ground told them Rehman was buried Wednesday night. Two militants claimed they attended the funeral.
Rehman`s killing could rattle the incoming Pakistani ruling party`s goal of negotiating with the Taliban. Rehman had previously been considered amenable to talks.
Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack in North Waziristan that killed Rehman, saying that drone attacks infringed the nation’s sovereignty.
A US drone strike in Pakistan`s lawless North Waziristan tribal region yesterday killed Pakistan Taliban number 2 Wali-ur-Rehman and five other militants.
The CIA-operated spy plane targeted a house in Chashma Pul area of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan Agency, a stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants on the Afghan border, early on Wednesday morning.
With Agency Inputs