TTP Commander, former PAF engineer arrested in South Waziristan

PESHAWAR: Taliban commander and former Pakistan Air Force engineer Adnan Rasheed was injured and arrested by security forces from Shakai, South Waziristan.

While the Taliban and official government sources have not confirmed Rasheed’s arrest; sources have stated that the TTP commander was arrested three days ago following a raid by security forces following a tip off. It is said Rasheed was hiding out at a house in Shakai, South Waziristan.

Adnan Rasheed a former engineer of the Pakistan Air Force was sentenced to death in 2005 for his involvement in an attack on then President Pervez Musharraf in 2003. He was freed from Bannu prison along with hundreds of other inmates during the 2012 jailbreak. It was later confirmed that the assault on the prison was carried out to free Adnan Rasheed.

Following his escape from Bannu prison a local new outlet released a mobile phone video showing Adnan Rasheed in the tribal areas. Later in 2012 the interior ministry named Adnan Rasheed as the possible mastermind behind the attack on the Kamra air base.

In the summer of 2013 Rasheed masterminded the Dera Ismail Khan jail break in which 175 prisoners were freed including 35 high profile militants.

He was heading a TTP group by the name of Ansar Al-Aseer and released a video in which he threatened to kill Pervez Musharraf.

He also wrote an open letter to Malala Yousufzai and expressed his shock that she was attacked and his wishes that it shouldn’t have happened. He did add that she was shot not for her stand regarding education for all but for propaganda that he claimed she was spreading.

While it is was rumored in January 2014 that Adnan Rasheed had been killed in military strikes in North Waziristan he was later named as the possible mastermind for the attack on Pakistan’s largest airport in Karachi in June 2014.

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