Pakistan captures spokesman for Baitullah Mehsud

Intelligence officials say security forces are holding the Pakistani Taliban`s top spokesman after capturing him near the Afghan border.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2009, 11:42 AM IST

Islamabad: Intelligence officials say security forces are holding the Pakistani Taliban`s top spokesman after capturing him near the Afghan border.
The three officials said Tuesday that Maulvi Omar was seized from a village in the Mohmand tribal region Monday night as he was traveling in a car with two of his associates.

They said local tribal elders assisted troops in locating Omar, who became prominent in recent years as spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, calling journalists to claim responsibility for dozens of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media, said Omar`s arrest would likely be publicly announced later today.

Bureau Report