Pakistan said Tuesday that it had captured a spokesman for the Taliban who has often asserted responsibility for attacks on behalf of the militia.
Abdul Latif Hakimi was caught in the southwestern province of Baluchistan after using a local cell phone, Information Minister Sheik Rashid Ahmed said.
Baluchistan borders Afghanistan, and members of the Taliban are believed to have sought refuge in the area after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
"It is a big success. We were looking for him for a long time," Ahmed said.
Ahmed said Pakistan had not made any decision on whether to hand Hakimi over to the Afghan government.
"It is premature to talk about it," he said. "First, our security agencies will question him."
Pakistan's interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao, confirmed the arrest.
[The seizure came as a bomb exploded Tuesday at a border crossing between Baluchistan and the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, killing at least six Afghans and wounding 16 other people, Afghan officials told the Reuters news agency in Kabul, the Afghan capital.]
Information from Hakimi, who often called press agencies in Afghanistan, has sometimes proved exaggerated or untrue. Afghan and U.S. military officials say he is believed to speak for factions of the rebel group.
"The Afghan Defense Ministry appreciates this action by the Pakistani government," said Gen. Mohammed Zaher, a ministry spokesman.
Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have sometimes been strained because of Afghan suspicions that rebels are using Pakistan as a staging area for cross-border attacks. Pakistan denies the assertion.
[In the bomb blast in the Spin Boldak area, the victims were all Afghan civilians trying to cross the border, police chief Abdul Wasay told Reuters. Victims were treated in two nearby hospitals in Pakistan.
[The commander of Afghan border forces in the area, Abdul Raziq Khan, told Reuters that the bomb had been hidden in a water pot near a transport office.]