Shootout Reported Between Taliban Factions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Interior Minister Rahman Malik says authorities have received information that a fight broke out between two rival Taliban groups and that one of two people believed to be contenders to succeed Baitullah Mehsud as Taliban leader in Pakistan is dead.

Malik says the reported fight broke out between the groups of Taliban commanders Waliur Rehman and Hakimullah, and that one of the two was reportedly dead.

Malik said Saturday that the information was still being verified and that "we need to see the dead bodies, we need to do some DNA, we need to have something solid."

He says the incident occurred Friday. However, Hakimullah spoke to an AP reporter on Saturday morning, when he called to deny that a CIA missile strike had killed Mehsud.

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