January 5th, 2012
01:10 PM ET

Senior Taliban leader arrested

By Tim Lister

Police in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, said Thursday they have arrested a senior figure in the Pakistani Taliban and several other alleged terrorists.  (Read also: Taliban schizophrenia?)

A police statement said Abdul Qayyum Mehsud and three other men were detained after police received an anonymous tip.

In a series of raids, police also recovered a stockpile of weapons, explosive devices and ammunition, as well as suicide jackets.

Police allege that Mehsud was formerly a bodyguard to the former leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, who was killed in a drone strike in August 2009.

Abdul Qayyum Mehsud is accused of involvement in Pakistani Taliban operations against security forces in northwest Pakistan.

The four suspected terrorists were allegedly involved in planning and executing suicide bombings, kidnappings and terrorist attacks in Karachi, which has become a fund-raising and logistical base for several militant groups.
Karachi also has nearly 2,000 religious seminaries, some of which have become recruiting and organizing centers for militant groups.

Last month an American citizen, Abd al-Moeed bin Abd al-Salam, who had been a prominent figure in the Global Islamic Media Front, a group that promotes jihadist activities online, was shot dead in a police operation in Karachi.

Local media reported on December 31 the arrest of four members of a different faction of the Pakistan Taliban in Karachi, along with nearly 150 kilograms (331 pounds) of explosives and weapons.

Rivalries between different militant groups and political factions are played out in the streets of the city, with almost daily shootings - frequently carried out by militants on motorbikes.

Observers say the Pakistani Taliban may be more vulnerable now that its many factions appear to be at loggerheads - because of personal rivalries, dissent over the killing of civilians and relationships with other jihadist groups such as al Qaeda.

Earlier this week, the creation of a council of elders was announced to try to reconcile different groups and co-ordinate their actions.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Insanullah Ihsan, told CNN that the council's creation was encouraged by the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, who urged groups based in Pakistan to join the battle against the U.S.-led alliance from across the border.

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  1. Thailand Bangkok

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    April 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  2. CISTO

    While I read your comments I am reminded that is it the radical elements of any factions that must be terminated-not just hate any people as a whole. The muslim menace speaks for itself, they never live in peace with themselves or their neighbors around them-just read the headlines. I would like to read more stories of the decent Muslims out there in the world protesting violence, outraged by it, protesting in the streets to stop it. Actions speak louder than words.

    January 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  3. john

    derka got muffed up

    January 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  4. Hahahahahahahaha

    Death by bungi!!!!!!!!! Haahahahhahahahahaha

    January 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  5. Skorpio

    Most Taliban leaders are Muslim clerics, by eliminating Islamic clerics most of the violence, terrorism, suicide attacks, hatred and discrimination would disappear around the world. Unless these evil creatures experience the same pain, suffering, anxiety as their victims, nothing is going to change. I wish someone could pay rewards to anyone who sends these clerics to paradise.

    January 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      You are a perfect example of why the world is so screwed up. Such hateful and narrow minded thoughts. Consider this, if all Muslims were violent then the whole world would be in deep trouble because there is more then 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. Most Muslims are kind and peaceful people. You can not define a whole religion by what a small minority of radicals do. I do not look to David Koresh, Timothy Mcveigh or Jim Jones as examples of Christianity. Most Christians are nice people just like Muslims and Jews.

      January 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Reality

      We still need to eliminate Nazi Christians who want to kill peaceful Muslims.

      January 24, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply

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