Monday, February 11, 2008

Pakistan Captures Mullah Dadullah

CNN - Pakistani security forces on Monday shot and wounded a well-known Taliban operative in southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border, the military said.

Mansoor Dadullah is the brother of slain Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah, killed last May in a military operation in southern Afghanistan.

Dadullah and five others were seized near the Gaddal post in Qila Saifullah, a town in Baluchistan province in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan, according to Lt. Col. Baseer Haider Malik.

Malik said the group had been trying to enter Pakistan from Afghanistan. One of the five militants was killed, and Dadullah and the four others were taken into custody in Quetta, according to Javeed Iqbal Cheema, Interior Ministry spokesman.

Mullah Dadullah had been in charge of day-to-day military operations for the Taliban. NATO's International Security Assistance Force at the time called his death a "serious blow" to the resurgent Taliban in the region.