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    Baitullah's likely successor killed in Taliban infighting

    South Waziristan (IANS): A Taliban leader was killed by a rival group during a meeting to select a new chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the country's restive South Waziristan region, media reports said.

    The members of the group had gathered in the area to select a new leader of the TTP.

    However, a fighting broke out between supporters of Hakimullah Mehsud and the faction loyal to Taliban commander Wali-ur-Rehman, Geo TV said on Saturday.

    Hakimullah Mehsud was killed just after he was appointed TTP chief.

    Other media reports said Mehsud was killed by Taliban commander Wali-ur-Rehman, who was injured in the incident.

    Pakistan's most wanted militant commander, Baitullah Mehsud, his wife and bodyguards were reportedly killed in a US missile attack on Wednesday.

    Analysts said the death of TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud was a major blow to the group.


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