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Pakistan Taliban spokesman held

Pakistan’s army has detained a top Taliban spokesman and 4 other militant leaders in the Swat Valley in the first major arrests of top-level insurgents from the troubled region, military officials said on Friday.

world Updated: Sep 12, 2009 00:07 IST
Munir Ahmad

Pakistan’s army has detained a top Taliban spokesman and 4 other militant leaders in the Swat Valley in the first major arrests of top-level insurgents from the troubled region, military officials said on Friday.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas did not give any details of the capture, including when it took place, saying only that it came after a successful operation in Swat.

The military said that the spokesman, Muslim Khan, and fellow detainee Mahmood Khan both had bounties of Rs 10 million on their head. The other three arrested were identified as commanders Fazle Ghaffar, Abdul Rehman and Sartaj Ali, but no bounty was listed for them.