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Captured Taliban commander used to run ’slaughter chamber’

world Updated: Sep 17, 2009 23:19 IST

A top Taliban commander captured in Pakistan’s Swat valley used to behead security personnel and opponents at a “slaughter chamber” and had set afire several girls’ schools in the restive northwestern region.

Sher Muhammad Qasab, an aide of Maulana Fazlullah -- the Taliban chief in Swat -- was arrested on Wednesday after being injured in a gun battle with security forces.

Qasab, carrying a reward of Rs 10 million on his head, had an encounter with the troops lasting several days in which three of his sons were also killed, officials said on Thursday.

They said the militant commander was responsible for personally beheading security personnel and setting on fire girls’ schools in Swat.

Qasab ran a “slaughter chamber” in Charbagh, a former Taliban stronghold in Swat in which he used to kill security personnel and anti-Taliban civilians.

Muslim Khan and Mehmood Khan, two of his associates and close aides of Fazlullah, were arrested earlier.