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Top Taliban commander killed in Swat

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 17:36

Islamabad: Top Taliban commander Nisar
Ahmed, a close aide of slain militant chief Baitullah Mehsud,
and who was carrying a bounty of Rs one crore on his head was
killed today in a gun battle with security forces in Swat.

Ahmed alias Ghazi Baba was also a close associate of
fugitive Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah and was known as
an expert in making bombs, army officials said.

He was one of 15 top militant commanders for whom
authorities had offered rewards in May. His killings comes as
the army was on the brink of launching its biggest campaign by
storming Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan.

Army officials told reporters that Ahmed opened fire
at soldiers who surrounded his home in the Matta area of Swat
at 7.45 a.m. He was killed in retaliatory firing, they said.

The army conducted the raid on Ahmed`s home after receiving a
tip-off from an informant.

Ahmed was a member of the Taliban `shura` or decision-
making council in Swat. The area in which he was killed –
Matta, located 25 km northwest of Mingora, the main city in
Swat district – was one of the main Taliban strongholds till
the army launched operations against the militants in May.

Army officials described Ahmed`s death as a "major
success" and a "hard blow" to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Security forces also apprehended 10 militants during a
separate operation in Charbagh area of Swat.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 17:36
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