12 Sep 2009

Taliban official captured

8:12 am on 12 September 2009

One of the Taliban's highest ranking officials in Pakistan has been captured with four others of the organisation.

Muslim Khan was a key spokesperson for the Taliban in the Swat Valley area, where security forces have been trying to purge them since April.

The arrests were announced by Pakistani security forces, who hailed them as a milestone in the campaign against the Taliban.

The BBC reports they were the first significant arrests of the Swat Valley operation.

However, the whereabouts and fate of the Taliban leader in Swat, Maulana Fazlullah, are still unknown.