Top Taliban commander dies of wounds: Pak Army

Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 15:32

Peshawar: A top Taliban commander who was injured in a military operation in which he was arrested last week, died from his injuries on Sunday, the Pakistani military said.
"Sher Mohammad Qasab, who had multiple bullet wounds succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning," it said in a statement.

The Army had on Wednesday arrested Sher Mohammad Qasab, who is one of the most senior Taliban commanders on a most wanted list in the Swat valley that offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in reward money.

"A team of Army doctors was treating Sher Mohammad Qasab but he could not survive," the statement said.

The Army had earlier said Qasab was injured and arrested in a military operation in which three of his sons were killed and another captured.

Qasab`s capture was the third high-profile arrest since the government announced the arrest of Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan and Mahmood Khan, a northern commander.

The military said Sher Muhammad Qasab was the Taliban commander in Charbagh, in the heart of the mountainous northwest district where Pakistan launched its most determined assault to date against Islamist militants in May.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 15:32

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