Senior Taliban Figure Caught And Wounded In Pakistan, Army Says

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s army says its forces have captured a Taliban militia leader.

It says Mansoor Dadullah and five others were challenged by security forces as they crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan. A gunfight followed and all six were captured. Dadullah is being described as “critically wounded.”

Dadullah rose in the militia’s ranks in southern Afghanistan after his brother, a top Taliban military commander, was killed last year. His capture comes as the West presses Pakistan to crack down on Islamic militants and the country prepares for next week’s parliamentary elections.

Elsewhere in the border region Monday, at least seven supporters of an independent candidate were killed in a suicide attack. Officials say the candidate was wounded. Initial reports had said he was killed.