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Taliban commander Ameerullah Mehsud killed in Pakistan

07-06-2010 11:53 BJT

ISLAMABAD, July 5 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban commander, with a 234,000-U.S.-dollar price on his head, had been killed in a shootout with soldiers in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, reported local media The News on Monday.

The report quoted a military statement as saying that Ameerullah Mehsud was one of the top commanders in the Pakistani Taliban.

He also went by the alias of Qari Gud, which means "the man who limps," and Mazloomyar, which means "friend of the oppressed" in the Pashtu language.

Mehsud was reportedly shot dead at a checkpoint in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan in northwest Paksitan's tribal areas.

"His head money was 20 million rupees (234,000 U.S. dollars). Two soldiers were also wounded in the shootout," the military said in a statement. The gunbattle took place in Miranshah on Sunday, it added.

Mehsud was listed 11 out of 19 most-wanted Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders for whom the government last November posted combined rewards worth 5 million dollars for information leading to their capture, dead or alive.

He was wanted for attacking security forces, kidnapping for ransom and "other anti-state activities," it added.

Pakistan said he was TTP commander for Makeen and Razmak, a Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone would be rewarded in connection with Mehsud's death.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: Xinhua

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