The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday dismissed the military's claims that their chief in the Swat valley was 'critically' wounded, asserting that he was healthy and unhurt in the army operations in the restive region, where troops killed at least two militants in the latest fighting.
The Taliban's response came in the wake of the military's recent statement that they had "credible" information about Maulana Fazlullah being injured in the offensive against militants in the region.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also said that Fazlullah, a key aide of Taliban commander and Pakistan's most wanted terrorist Baitullah Mehsud, had been seriously injured.
Dismissing the government's claims, the Taliban on Thursday said Fazlulla, also known as 'Mullah Radio' for his fiery sermons from his illegal FM station, had never been wounded and vowed to continue their 'jihad' for imposition of the strict Sharia law in the region.
Fazlullah is "alive, healthy and has never been wounded," Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan told AFP.
Meanwhile, two militants were killed and three others captured by security forces during a search operation near Dadrah in Swat, the military said in a statement.