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Swat Taliban commander badly injured, minister says

For the second time in a fortnight Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malek has said the top leader of Swat Taliban Maulana Fazlullah had been badly injured in the ongoing military operation.

  • By Shahid Hussain, Correspondent
  • Published: 22:52 July 1, 2009
  • Gulf News

Islamabad: For the second time in a fortnight Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malek has said the top leader of Swat Taliban Maulana Fazlullah had been badly injured in the ongoing military operation.

"It has been confirmed that he has been hit and seriously injured," he said on Wednesday in an interview with BBC's Urdu language service.

He did not say when and where Fazlullah was wounded and whether the security forces were close to capturing him.

But, the minister vowed that the security forces would soon flush Fazlullah and his lieutenants out of their hideouts. The military claims to have killed over 1,600 militants in the ongoing Swat operation.

The minister urged the world community, especially the United Nations, to help Pakistan determine where militants are getting money and weapons from.

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