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Rs 1 crore paid to informer who tipped off Army on Mehsud aide

world Updated: Nov 26, 2009 21:51 IST
Pakistan Army

The Pakistan Army on Thursday said it had paid Rs one crore (over $120,000) to an informer for helping apprehend an aide of local Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

"Security forces apprehended wanted terrorist Abdullah Shah Mehsud with Rs 10 million head money from Tank (district in North West Frontier Province). The head money has been paid to the informer," the army said in a statement.

It did not say when he was captured.

This is the first reported instance of Pakistani authorities paying a reward for the capture of a militant commander.

Abdullah Shah Mehsud was among 19 Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commanders for whom the government had offered rewards totalling Rs 41 crore or five million dollar on November 2.

Local Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud topped the list with a reward of Rs 5 crore for information leading to his capture, dead or alive.

The Pakistani Taliban have been blamed for a series of suicide attacks and terrorist assaults across the country, including a brazen attempt to storm the army's fortified General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

Hundreds of people, a majority of them security personnel, have died in these attacks.