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Pakistan military: Wanted Pakistan Taliban commander killed

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Taliban commander Ameer Ullah Mehsud killed
  • One of founders of Pakistani Taliban
  • Government put $234,000 bounty on his head

(CNN) -- The Pakistani army killed one of the most wanted Taliban commanders on Sunday in the country's tribal region, the military said Tuesday.

He is Ameer Ullah Mehsud, one of the founders of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP.

Mehsud, 45, was from the town of Makeen in South Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's lawlessness tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The military said Mehsud, wanted for a bounty of $234,000, was killed during an exchange of fire with soldiers near Miran Shah in North Waziristan. He was known as Mazloomyar, which means "friend of the oppressed."