Pakistan nabs Taliban leader
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces captured a key Taliban commander linked to a 2003 assassination attempt on former President Pervez Musharraf, officials said today as a U.S. drone strike killed 15 militants near the country’s border with Afghanistan.
Adnan Rashid, a former air force officer-turned-militant, was arrested during a raid last Friday on a militant hide-out in Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal region, following a tip from local sources, two intelligence officials told The Associated Press.
The troops raided a home in the town of Shakai in the South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Three associates of Rashid were also captured.
Also today, an American drone fired four missiles at a militant hide-out in the town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, killing at least 15 militants, two other Pakistani officials said. The identity and nationality of the slain men was not known.