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Released Gitmo Terrorist Blows Himself Up

From a deeply bereaved Reuters:

Pakistani Taliban leader refuses to be taken alive

Tue Jul 24

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A Pakistani Taliban leader blew himself up to avoid arrest by government forces near the Afghan border on Tuesday, three years after his release from U.S. detention in Guantanamo Bay, officials said.

Abdullah Mehsud, 31, spent over 2 years in Guantanamo.

Shortly after his release in March 2004, Mehsud shot to prominence by kidnapping two Chinese engineers working in South Waziristan, a region known as a hotbed of support for al Qaeda and the Taliban.

“He was killed in a house in Zhob,” Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema said, referring to a district of southwest Baluchistan province neighboring Waziristan.

A counter-terrorism squad acting on a tip-off raided the house belonging to a senior official from the pro-Taliban Islamist party of Fazal-ur-Rehman, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly.

“We asked them to surrender but they opened fire,” Mira Jan, the chief administrator for Zhob, told Reuters.

“The shooting lasted for about half an hour and then we heard a blast from inside the house.”

Mehsud blew himself to avoid arrest, Jan said. Four other men were arrested.

Mehsud, who lost a leg in a landmine explosion a few days before the Taliban took Kabul in September 1996, was second-in-command of a Pakistani Taliban group headed by Baitullah Mehsud

One supposes Mr. Mehsud just couldn’t face another meal of honey-glazed chicken and rice pilaf.

Surely this story will be a lesson to all of those who want to release the rest of the terrorists still held in Guantanamo. 

(It pleases me to be amusing.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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