Reports: Top Pakistan militant killed in US strike

RASOOL DAWAR
Associated Press
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FILE -- In this Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 file photo, American citizens, hold a banner during a peace march organized by Pakistan's cricket star turned politician Imran Khan's party, not pictured, in Tank, Pakistan. President Barack Obama’s decision announced Thursday, May 23, 2013, to impose more restrictive rules governing U.S. drone strikes and his prediction that they will be used less could pave the way for better relations with key ally Pakistan as a new government takes power. Obama fell short of Pakistani demands to announce an end to the attacks altogether in a landmark speech, but his comments were seen as addressing some of the country’s main concerns over the CIA program. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hussain, File)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban. The militant group denies he is dead.

Three Pakistani officials say Waliur Rehman was among four people killed in a drone strike Wednesday morning in the North Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.

Two of the officials say their informants in the field have seen the body. The third official says there are intercepted communications between militants saying Rehman was killed. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

A Taliban spokesman called the reports "false news."

The death could not be independently confirmed.

Most of North Waziristan is under militant control, and journalists do not have access to the area.