Fighters pound NW Pakistan; two soldiers killed

Pakistan army troops during a military exercise. Pakistan's Taliban leader may have been targeted in a drone strike on January 17, Pakistani intelligence officials said yesterday. (AP)

Fighter jets and helicopters yesterday pounded a district in northwest Pakistan where a suicide bomber killed 17 people a day earlier, in a response described by authorities as "severe".

The attack came as two security personnel were killed by another bomb blast yesterday.

Also, Pakistan's Taliban leader may have been targeted in a drone strike on January 17 after surviving a similar attack days earlier near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said yesterday.

The officials said they had received unconfirmed reports that Hakimullah Mehsud – the number one enemy of the Pakistani state – may have died of wounds after a drone strike on two vehicles carrying militants in North Waziristan.

Pakistan state television reported earlier that he was killed and had been buried.

 

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