Taliban Leader Suspected in Bhutto Killing Dead

Baitullah Mehsud fell victim to kidney failure, Pakistani official say
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2008 4:43 PM CDT
Baitullah Mehsud, center bottom with back to camera, talks to the media in Kotkai, a village in the Pakistani tribal area South Waziristan, in this May file photo.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Taliban leader suspected in the December assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto died today, officials tell CNN. Baitullah Mehsud, believed to be 34, succumbed to kidney failure, sources in his native tribal region of South Waziristan said; though Pakistani military officials also claimed Mehsud had died, some Taliban representatives denied it.