US military forces have captured Latif Mehsud, a senior commander with the Pakistani Taliban, the US state department said on Friday but declined comment on when it happened or where he was being held.
State department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters US forces had captured Mehsud, whom she described as a senior commander with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is also known as Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan. She said the group had claimed responsibility for the attempted 2010 bombing of Times Square in New York as well as many attacks within Pakistan.
The Associated Press reported Mehsud was arrested by American forces as he was driving along a main highway. It said Afghan President Hamid Karzai saw the move as an infringement on Afghan sovereignty.
The announcement of Mehsud's arrest came as US secretary of state John Kerry began urgent talks with Karzai as an end-of-October deadline loomed for a security deal that would allow American troops to remain in Afghanistan after the Nato-led military mission ends next year.