US confirms capture of No. 2 Pakistani Taliban militant Latif Mehsud
WASHINGTON -- The United States on Friday confirmed reports that its forces had captured the second highest ranking member of the Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf confirmed that "US forces did capture TTP terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a military operation ... Mehsud is a senior commander in TTP, and served as a trusted confident of the group's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud."
The TTP claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of Times Square in 2010, Harf said, and has vowed to attack the U.S. homeland again.
She did not say where or when Mehsud was taken into custody. However, Pakistan Today reported he was captured a week ago while driving on a highway in Afghanistan.
The TTP is an umbrella organization for several dozen Islamist groups.