Taliban Surrenders in Swat

Maulana Fazlullah either surrounded or arrested as Pakistani offensive continues
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 12:26 PM CDT
Pakistani security forces display ammunition allegedly recovered from Taliban activists who surrendered in Kanju, near Mingora, capital of Pakistani troubled Valley of Swat, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.   (AP Photo/Abdullah Khan)
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(Newser) – A Taliban-controlled pirate radio station announced the militant group's surrender in the Swat Valley, after yet another key leader was said to have been arrested by the Pakistani military, the Telegraph reports. Though some reports claim that Maulana Fazlullah is surrounded by Pakistani forces, sources tell the Telegraph that he has already been arrested—but that an official announcement will not be made until early next week.

Speculation that Fazlullah was apprehended began to circulate after Pakistani security forces released his wife and children from custody after 4 weeks of detention. Pakistani forces have struck deep in the heart of the Taliban-controlled Swat valley since May, killing hundreds of militants and displacing more than 200,000 civilians.