Pakistan Nabs Taliban Leader Mansoor Dadullah
Mansoor Dadullah was critically wounded after a firefight near the border Monday.
This video still image released by the SITE Intelligence Group on October 31, 2007, shows top Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, during an interview. Pakistani security forces captured and wounded a top Afghan Taliban commander early on Monday, police said, days after Islamabad denied the presence of senior militants on its soil. (AFP/HO/File)
Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah was captured or killed in Pakistan on Monday.
FOX News reported:
Pakistani security forces critically wounded a top figure in the Taliban militia fighting U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, one of six militants captured after a clash near the border Monday, the army said.
Mansoor Dadullah, brother of slain Taliban military commander Mullah Dadullah, and the five others were challenged by security forces as they crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan. They refused to stop and opened fire, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.
“Security personnel returned fire. As a result, all of them sustained injuries and all of them were captured,” Abbas said. “Dadullah was arrested alive but he is critically wounded.”
Earlier, a senior military official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists, said Dadullah died of his wounds while being flown to a hospital with the other injured men.
Two Pakistani intelligence officials, who declined to be named for the same reason, gave a different account of Dadullah’s capture, saying he was nabbed during a raid on a religious seminary in a neighboring district. It was not immediately possible to reconcile the differing accounts…
He also claimed that he had met with Al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, a few months ago but had never met with Osama bin Laden. He said Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters in Helmand were fighting alongside each other and sharing tactics.
Abbas, the army spokesman, said Dadullah was captured near Gaddal, a border village in Qila Saifullah district in Baluchistan.
Let’s see… He just met with Al-Zawahri a couple of months ago…
It looks like an excellent opportunity to hone up on the old waterboarding skills, huh?