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Fazlullah may be dead

Maulana FazlullahIslamabad, July 2
Pakistan's Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah may have been killed during an operation in the restive Swat Valley, a media report said today.

The security forces had traced a phone call of Fazlullah, who was giving directions to his commanders for conducting more attacks, the News International quoted sources as saying. Though the news portal said Fazlullah "may have been killed" in the Swat operation, it did not cite any officials or government sources to corroborate its claim.

The call indicated that the top militant commander was somewhere in Swat and the security forces targeted his satellite system. In his phone tap, Fazlullah said he has a security forces' siege all around him with nowhere to sneak out from, the report said.

The army has been battling the militants since April 26 after the Taliban reneged on a controversial peace deal with the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government and instead moved south. IANS

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