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Pakistan nabs Taliban leader’s close aide

By Xinhua,

Islamabad : Pakistan police have arrested a close associate of Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud in the southern port city of Karachi, a police officer said Monday.

Badshah din Mehsud, close aide of Baitullah Mehud, was arrested from Sachal Goth area of Karachi, Fayyaz Khan, a senior superintendent police told Dawn TV channel.

According to the report, Badshah din Mehsud was in charge of providing arms and explosives to Taliban militants and was on the most-wanted terrorists list of Pakistan’s security agencies.

Baitullah Mehsud, top militant leader of the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has strongholds in northwestern Pakistan’s South Wazirisitan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan.

The dreaded militant has claimed responsibility for many violent attacks in Pakistan, including the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and is believed to have been providing safe haven for Al Qaeda militants in the tribal agency.

The US has announced a $5-million reward for Baitullah Mehsud.