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PublishDate: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 08:43

Key Taliban commander arrested in Pakistan

Pakistani security forces on Monday arrested a key Taliban commander in southern Pakistan and killed four other commanders in the northwest, security officials said.

Hakim Waliullah Swati, an important leader of Pakistani Taliban, was arrested in the southern port city of Karachi.

Sources said that Criminal Investigation Department Police arrested Swati from a house in Orangi town, a locality of Karachi.

The arrested Taliban commander has been shifted to undisclosed location for investigation.

Police sources said that the Swati was involved in plotting and executing multiple attacks on security forces in Swat, northwest of Pakistan.

Since February, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the second-in- command of the Afghan Taliban and other important top Taliban leaders have also been nabbed in Karachi. The constant arrest of Taliban operatives in Karachi points towards their presence in large numbers in the port city.

Meanwhile, the security forces killed four Taliban commanders in Kanju area of Swat.

Local sources said that the operation against militants went on for 22 hours and curfew has been imposed in different areas of Swat.

Swat, one of the hotbeds of Taliban militants, was cleared by mid-2009 in a military operation by Pakistan army but sporadic violence has still continued.

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