Pakistani Taliban confirm leader's death by drone

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FILE - In this file photo taken Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, left, is seen with his comrade Waliur Rehman, front center, during his meeting with media in Sararogha of Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Intelligence officials said Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 that the leader of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud was one of three people killed in a U.S. drone strike. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud, File)

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani Taliban spokesman has confirmed the death of the militant group's leader in a U.S. drone strike.

Azam Tariq, the spokesman for the Taliban in the South Waziristan tribal area, said Saturday that the group will choose a successor for Hakimullah Mehsud in the coming days.

Intelligence officials and militant commanders have said Mehsud was a killed by a U.S. drone strike on a compound in the North Waziristan tribal area on Friday.