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Key Taliban Commander Arrested in Swat Valley

By VOA News
16 September 2009

Pakistani military authorities say they have arrested a key Taliban commander who is accused of slaughtering military personnel.

Security forces said Wednesday they captured Taliban commander Sher Mohammad Qasab in the Swat Valley.

Qasab is known for his brutality among locals in the valley.

A military spokesman said Qasab was wounded and three of his sons died during an exchange of fire before his arrest.

Pakistani forces have arrested key Taliban commanders recently in the valley, including Muslim Khan, the central spokesman for the militants.

Authorities say the arrests have weakened the Taliban and are helping security forces conduct successful raids against other militants in the area.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.



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