Pakistan's military says it has arrested the chief Taliban spokesman in the Swat Valley and four other Taliban leaders.
The army says the five militants were taken into custody during a security operation near Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley. Investigators have not said when the arrests took place.
The detentions are the first major arrests since the government launched a military offensive in April to regain control of the region.
Military spokesman Athar Abbas said Friday two of the detained militants, spokesman Muslim Khan and commander Mahmood Khan, each had bounties of about $120,000 on their heads.An official military statement says the militants are being questioned and troops are conducting raids, based on information obtained from the men.