Senior Pakistan Taliban commander Latif Mehsud captured in Afghanistan

Senior Pakistan Taliban commander Latif Mehsud captured in Afghanistan

Afghan National Army forces look towards a C-130 transport aircraft at the Afghan Air Force Base in Kabul
Associated Press

Kabul:  An Afghan official says US military forces are holding a senior Pakistani Taliban commander captured in Afghanistan a week ago.

Arsallah Jamal, the governor of eastern Logar province, said on Friday that Latif Mehsud was arrested by American forces as he was driving along a main highway.

The Pakistani Taliban confirmed that Mehsud had been captured by the Afghan army at the Ghulam Khan border crossing in the eastern province of Khost on October 5.

Pakistani Taliban commanders and intelligence officials say he was captured by the Afghan army as he attended a meeting to discuss swapping Afghan prisoners for money.

The commanders and officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The US military in Kabul referred all questions to Washington.


Story First Published: October 11, 2013 18:54 IST

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