Taliban Officer Reported Dead in Pakistan
Posted on Jul 24, 2007
Pakistani police have reported the apparent suicide of Abdullah Mehsud, a key Taliban commander who did 25 months at Guantanamo Bay. Mehsud was in hiding in the southwestern Balochistan region of the country and blew himself up during a raid by Pakistani soldiers, according to the BBC.
Pakistan interior ministry spokesman Javed Cheema told the AFP news agency that Mehsud blew himself up with a hand grenade after soldiers raided a hideout in the Zhob district of Balochistan.
“Abdullah Mehsud blew himself up with a grenade and died when security forces raided his hideout. Three of his accomplices were arrested,” he said.
Zhob is in a strongly Pashtun border area of Balochistan, not far from the troubled tribal area of South Waziristan.