Reports: Top Pakistan militant killed in US strike

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Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:42 am | Updated: 5:30 pm, Thu May 30, 2013.

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.

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