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Missile kills wife of Pakistani Taliban chief

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed two relatives of top Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud near the Afghan border.

There's word that one of the two was the militant's wife.

Officials say the missile destroyed the home of Mehsud's father-in-law in South Waziristan, part of the lawless tribal region along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan where Taliban and al-Qaida leaders are believed to be hiding. They said the dead include one woman. They did not say what relation the casualties were to Mehsud.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to media.

Today's attack is the latest in a series of strikes in recent weeks targeting Mehsud and his network of militants.


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