Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Pakistan Taliban spokesman 'seized'

Pakistan Taliban spokesman 'seized'
Aljazeera, August 18, 2009

Omar was an associate of Baitullah Omar, the Taliban leader reportedly killed in a US raid [File: Reuters]

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has reportedly been captured by security forces in the northwest of the country.

Mauvi Omar was seized as as he was travelling through the Mohmand tribal region in a car with two associates, government, military and intelligence officials were reported as saying.

The Pakistani military has not confirmed the capture of Omar, but Major Fazal Ur Rehman, the head of the military's media department, said: "A very, very important militant has been arrested."

Omar's capture would be another blow to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan after the reported death of Baitullah Mehsud, the group's leader, in a US missile attack on August 5.

Intelligence officials, who were speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press news agency that local tribal elders had assisted Pakistani security forces in locating Omar in the village of Khawazeo.

Omar frequently contacted journalists to issue statements claiming responsibility for suicide bombings and other attacks across the country.

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