US confirms arrest of Latif Mehsud

The United States has confirmed the arrest of Latif Mehsud, second in command of TTP leader Hakeemullah Mehsud in a military operation.

“ I can confirm that U.S. forces did capture TTP terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a military operation” State Department Deputy Spokesperson said in reply to a question during briefing here on Friday.

Mehsud is a senior commander in TTP and served as a trusted confidant of the group’s leader, Hakimullah Mehsud.

She said the TTP claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of Times Square in 2010 and has vowed to attack the U.S. homeland again. TTP is also responsible for attacking our diplomats in Pakistan and attacks that have killed countless Pakistani civilians, she added.