| GEO Pakistan|
| Hakimullah escapes as 10 killed in Waziristan drone attack|
| Updated at: 1554 PST, Thursday, January 14, 2010|
PESHAWAR: Ten people were killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan on Thursday. Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has escaped in the attack.
The assault took place in Garyom village in a remote area of North Waziristan. The drone fired two missiles at the house of tribesman Muhammad Yaqoob. The sources confirmed the killing of 10 persons. The toll is likely to rise.
"Hakimullah Mehsud was present at the same place in Shaktoi where the drone attack took place," TTP spokesman Azam Tariq told foreign news agency.
"But he had left the place already when the drone attack took place. He is alive and completely safe." Tariq did not say when Mehsud left the area.
The area is a stronghold of Taliban and Al Qaeda and currently surrounded by Pakistani forces.