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Pakistan Army: Taliban Commander Killed in Swat

By VOA News
07 October 2009

Pakistan's army says security forces killed a top Taliban commander and five other militants in the northwestern Swat Valley Wednesday.

The military says Nisar Ahmed, also known as Ghazi Baba, was a close aide of fugitive Swat Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah and an expert bomb maker.

He also was one of 15 Swat militants for whom the government was offering a $120,000 (10 million rupee) reward. Security forces also arrested his son.

A military statement says troops in Swat also apprehended 16 suspected terrorists during operations Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is renewing Pakistan's commitment to fighting militants, following Tuesday's deadly suicide attack on the Islamabad offices of the United Nations World Food Program.

The program's executive director, Josette Sheeran, told a press conference in Islamabad Wednesday that the U.N. aid group will resume its operations in Pakistan and will not be deterred by such attacks.

On Tuesday a Taliban suicide bomber disguised as a soldier detonated a blast inside the World Food Program's Islamabad office, killing five aid workers.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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