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.