ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, Pakistan security officials alleged they had held a top militant near the Afghan border but not a Pakistani Taliban leader who colleagues had identified last week as a man who formerly attempted to blow up former president Pervez Musharraf.
Protection officials said on July 15 the military had captured Adnan Rashid, who was accused of attempting to kill Musharraf in a 2003 bomb attack and who afterwards ran away from jail, in the South Waziristan region near the Afghan border.
The officials hailed the arrest, which abided by a shootout, as the first major catch since the army set up an offensive against al Qaeda-linked militants along the Afghan border last month.
The official, who refused to be named as he is not authorized to talk to the media, refused to identify the trainer or give details about him except to read he received broad experience in training suicide bombers and making bombs.
Another two officials also stated Rashid had not been caught. Rashid, is thought to be in his mid-30s and is a former Pakistani air force officer who attempted to get a suicide bomber in front he was imprisoned for the attempt to blow up Musharraf. Several Pakistani Taliban commanders also said Rashid had not been caught.
Two militant associates of Rashid alleged false reports of his apprehension had been spread in an effort to bring him to respond so that security forces could trace his whereabouts.