Qaeda trainer, not Taliban held: Pak
PAKISTAN security officials said on Thursday they had arrested a top militant near the Afghan border but not a Pakistani Taliban leader who colleagues had identified last week as a man who once tried to blow up former president Pervez Musharraf.
Security officials said on July 15 the military had captured Adnan Rashid, who was accused of trying to kill Musharraf in a 2003 bomb attack and who later escaped from jail, in the South Waziristan region near the Afghan border.
The officials hailed the arrest, which followed a shootout, as the first major catch since the army launched an offensive against al Qaeda-linked militants along the Afghan border last month.
The government and army did not officially confirm the arrest at the time.
Later, various other security officials said it was not Rashid who had been captured but an important al Qaeda bombmaker and trainer.
"A high-value target has indeed been arrested but it is not Adnan Rashid," one of the officials told Reuters. "There was a mix-up."
The official, who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, declined to identify the trainer or give details about him except to say he had extensive experience in training suicide bombers and making bombs.