ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan said Tuesday it had captured a spokesman for the Taliban, the militia that ruled Afghanistan until it was ousted in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

Mullah Hakim Latifi, who has often claimed responsibility for attacks on U.S.-led coalition forces, was caught in the southwestern Baluchistan province after using a local cell phone, Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said.

Baluchistan borders Afghanistan, and members of the Taliban are believed to have sought refuge in the area after the invasion.

“It is a big success. We were looking for him for a long time,” Ahmed said.

Ahmed said Pakistan had not made any decision to hand him over to Kabul.

“It is premature to talk about it. First, our security agencies will question him,” he said.


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