Camel-Riding Former Gitmo Detainee Blows Himself Up
Abdullah Mehsud pulled the pin on his grenade today in southwestern Pakistan.
Abdullah Mehsud, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, talks to the media as his bodyguard stand guard near Chagmalai in South Waziristan along the Afghan border in this Oct 14, 2004 file photo. Mehsud, who led pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan after his release, died on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 when he blew himself up with a grenade to avoid arrest. Armed intelligence agents cornered Mehsud and three other men at the house of a leader of an Islamist political party in the southwestern town of Zhob, police officials said. (AP Photo/M. Sajjad)
Abdullah Mehsud “killed himself with a hand grenade after he was cornered by troops at a house in the south-western Pakistani town of Zhob. He was wanted for the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers in 2004”- The Telegraph.
The BBC has a profile of the colorful Taliban goon:
Mehsud, whose real name is Noor Alam, is a Pashtun, the same ethnic group as the Taleban and belongs to the Mehsud tribe that inhabits South Waziristan on the Afghanistan border.
After his return from Guantanamo, Mehsud became a hero to anti-US fighters active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He was a comrade of another tribal militant commander, Nek Mohammad, who was killed by a Pakistani army missile in June.
Mehsud sometimes rode a camel or horse while visiting his fighters in the mountains.
Abdullah, who had one leg, was thought to have died of gunshot wounds back in 2005 after his release from Gitmo. This was obviously not the case.