Pakistan angered after drone strike kills Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud

Pakistan’s interior minister has accused the US of “scuttling” efforts towards peace talks with the Taliban by killing the militants’ leader in a drone strike.

The development comes as the Taliban quickly moved to replace Hakimullah Mehsud, who was one of Pakistan’s most-wanted men, vowing a wave of revenge suicide bombings.

Mehsud’s death, which was confirmed by a senior Taliban commander, happened hours before a meeting between a team of religious clerics and Taliban officials in North Waziristan, with a view to start peace talks.

Pakistan has denounced the killing as a US bid to derail planned peace talks, summoning the US ambassador for an explanation of the fatal attack.

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