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Pakistani Taliban leader's hometown captured

OFFICIALS say Pakistan's army has captured the hometown of the country's Taliban chief in a major offensive.

Elsewhere in the northwest, officials said a suspected US missile strike has killed at least 14 people.

Two army and one intelligence official said today that the military has taken the town of Kotkai in South Waziristan after days of fighting.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Kotkai is strategically important because it lies on the way to the major militant base of Sararogha. It's also the hometown of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Government official Mohammad Jamil said the missile strike hit the Bajur, a tribal region farther north.


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