June 18, 2004


Pakistan kills tribal leader (CNN, June 18, 2004)

A tribal leader accused of harboring al Qaeda militants in Pakistan's western border region was killed Thursday night in a targeted missile strike, along with four other suspected militants, according to Pakistan intelligence sources.

Pakistan stepped up its hunt for Nek Mohammed after he claimed responsibility for the attempted assassination of Karachi's top military officer, last week.

After leading the fight against Pakistani forces in March, Mohammed agreed to cooperate with the army in their search for al Qaeda militants and remnants of Afghanistan's Taliban regime, hiding in Pakistan's tribal areas near the Pakistani-Afghan border.

However, the Pakistani government later accused Mohammed of reneging on that deal, and declared him a wanted man.

Maj. General Shaukat Sultan told CNN Mohammed was an al Qaeda agent.

If they just happen to be effective it's a bonus; the real point here is that the Pakistani government is willing to take on its internal menace.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 18, 2004 8:54 AM
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