A US drone kills Pakistani Taliban's second most important leader. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A U.S. drone strike killed the second-in-command of the Pakistan Taliban in the North Waziristan region of the country on Wednesday, three security officials said, in what would be a major blow to the militancy.

The drone strike killed seven people, Pakistani security officials said, including Taliban deputy commander Wali-ur-Rehman, in the first such reported use of a U.S. drone since President Barack Obama announced last week that the United States was scaling back the drone program.

Wali-ur-Rehman had been poised to succeed Hakimullah Mehsud as leader of the Pakistani Taliban, a senior army official based in the South Waziristan region, had said in December.

The Pakistani Taliban are a separate entity allied to the Afghan Taliban and have launched devastating attacks against the Pakistani military and civilians.

The White House said Wali-ur-Rehman was wanted in the killing of seven CIA employees and a Jordanian intelligence officer in a 2009 suicide bombing by an al Qaeda triple agent at Forward Operating Base Chapman, Afghanistan.

The attack was featured in the film "Zero Dark Thirty" about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. — REUTERS

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