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Video showing Mehsud's dead body surfaces

A brief video showing the dead body of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud, killed in a US drone attack last month, came to surface today.

world Updated: Sep 30, 2009 23:01 IST

A brief video showing the dead body of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud, killed in a US drone attack last month, came to surface today.

The video of less than two minutes duration shows the bodies of Mehsud and his wife moments after they were hit by missiles splinters fired by a US drone on the house where he was staying in South Waziristan on August 5.

Though the Pakistan government claimed Mehsud has been killed, they were unable to retrieve his body as he was targeted in an area totally controlled by militants and the video is the first evidence of his death.

The video, shot with a mobile phone, was received by the Urdu service of the BBC. The clipping shows Mehsud's body lying on a plain surface and covered with a white cloth.

His injuries are not visible and it shows only a few cuts on the right side of his face. The silent video also features a man and a few other people sitting near Mehsud's body.

The militants initially denied Mehsud had been killed in the drone attack but finally acknowledged reports of his death earlier this month after Hakimullah Mehsud was named the new head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

BBC quoted Taliban operatives as saying that the video of Mehsud's body was made a few hours after the attack that killed him.