Pakistani officials have said there was a “mix-up” and an al Qaeda explosives expert, and not Rasheed, was captured during a raid two weeks ago in South Waziristan.
Rasheed leads the Taliban’s Ansar al Aseer Khorasan (“Helpers of the Prisoners”) and also claimed to have formed a suicide team to kill former President Musharraf.
Adnan Rasheed, the emir of the Ansar al Aseer Khorasan, appears to have been one of the targets of the airstrikes in the Mir Ali and Datta Khel areas of North Waziristan. Tribesmen claimed the Pakistani Air Force launched indiscriminate attacks on villages.
The Mohmand branch of the Taliban accused Chaudhry Aslam Khan, slain chief of the Crime Investigation Department in Karachi, of being “involved in torturing Mujahideen in prison” and killing them.
The Pakistani military claimed it killed 33 “militants” in the Mir Ali area, while the Taliban and Ansar al Aseer claimed the military launched reprisal attacks on civilians after a suicide bomber killed five soldiers.
At least 30 “hardcore militants” have been freed in a complex suicide assault on a prison in Dera Ismail Khan. The attack was likely carried out by the Taliban and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s newly-formed Ansar al Aseer.