US ambassador summoned over Taliban leader killing

The Pakistani government has summoned the US ambassador to protest over the death of Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike, it announced today.

A statement from the Foreign Office said Friday's strike was "counter-productive to Pakistan's efforts to bring peace and stability to Pakistan and the region."

Mehsud was head of the Pakistani Taliban, an insurgent group that has beheaded Pakistani soldiers and killed thousands of civilians in suicide bombings. The group also directed a failed attempt to bomb Times Square in New York.

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Taliban replace killed leader

The Pakistani Taliban has promoted its number two commander to replace leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed in a US drone strike. The Pakistan Taliban has vowed revenge on the US for the attack.