Captured top Taliban commander dies of injuries

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Peshawar, Sep 21 (ANI): The fearsome militant commander, Sher Mohammad Qasab, who was arrested critically injured during Swat operation, has succumbed to his injuries.

Swat media centre said that the militant commander was nabbed in critically injured condition four days ago from Charbagh area.

Media centre said that Qasab on Sunday succumbed to his injuries. He had confessed brutally murdering several citizens and officials during the investigation and security forces had termed his arrest a big success.

The army had on Wednesday arrested Qasab, who is one of the most senior Taliban commanders on a most wanted list in the Swat valley that offered Rs10 million in reward money.

"A team of army doctors was treating Sher Mohammad Qasab but he could not survive," The Dawn quoted the statement, as saying.

The army had earlier said Qasab was injured and arrested in a military operation in which three of his sons were killed and another captured.

Qasab's capture was the third high-profile arrest since the government announced the arrest of Swat Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan and Mahmood Khan, a northern commander.

The military said Qasab was the Taliban commander in Charbagh, in the heart of the mountainous northwest district where Pakistan launched its most determined assault till now against Islamist militants in May. (ANI)

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