Pakistan kills tribal leader
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- A tribal leader accused of harboring al Qaeda militants in Pakistan's western border region was killed Thursday night in a targeted missile strike, along with four other suspected militants, according to Pakistan intelligence sources.
Pakistan stepped up its hunt for Nek Mohammed after he claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of Karachi's top military officer, last week.
After leading the fight against Pakistani forces in March, Mohammed agreed to cooperate with the army in their search for al Qaeda militants and remnants of Afghanistan's Taliban regime, hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas near the Pakistani-Afghan border.
However, the Pakistani government later accused Mohammed of reneging on that deal, and declared him a wanted man.
Maj. General Shaukat Sultan told CNN Mohammed was an al Qaeda agent.
He said the Pakistani government has no idea about number of al Qaeda members hiding in Wana. He also told CNN that operation against al Qaeda militants is still going on.
Mohammed was killed along with four others when Pakistani forces launched a missile at a house where he was staying around 10 p.m. Thursday near Wana in South Waziristan.
Mohammed's funeral was scheduled for Friday morning.
Pakistani authorities recently arrested nine people linked to the al Qaeda terror network, believed to have been involved in recent attacks in Karachi, including a close associate of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Sunday.
Last Thursday, Karachi's top military officer, Lt. Gen. Ahsan Saleem Hayat, survived an ambush on his convoy in Karachi, but 11 others -- mostly army and police officers -- were shot and killed.