Pakistani officials say security forces have captured the
Pakistani Taliban's top spokesman in an operation near the Afghan border.
Officials say Maulvi Omar was seized in the northwestern Mohmand tribal region, a center of militant activity. Omar served as a spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and a top aide to Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who was reported killed earlier this month in a U.S. missile strike.
News reports cited unnamed intelligence sources as saying Omar confirmed Mehsud was killed in the strike. The Taliban have repeatedly denied his death, saying only that he has been ill.
Pakistani police say another senior militant commander, Qair Saifullah, was captured this week.
In North Waziristan near the border with Afghanistan, Pakistan officials says a suicide bomber rammed an explosive-filled car into a checkpoint late Tuesday, killing at least three security forces.