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Senior Pakistani Taliban Commander Killed

A senior Taliban leader was killed today in Pakistan's northwestern region near the Afghan border.

Intelligence officials say Shakirullah Shakir, a commander in Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, an umbrella organization for more than a dozen local militant outfits, came under attack in North Waziristan.

An intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity said someone fired at him from a car with tinted windows while he was riding a motorbike.

Shakirullah died on the spot.

It is not initially clear whether Shakir was killed by a rival Taliban group or Pakistani security forces.

compiled from agency reports