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ISLAMABAD, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The United States has handed over three Pakistani detainees to Pakistan, including Latifullah Mehsud, a senior Pakistani Taliban leader, according to U.S. and Pakistani authorities.
"We can confirm that the United States repatriated three Pakistanis held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan following consultations between the United Sates and Pakistan and after receiving appropriate assurances regarding humane treatment," a spokesperson with the U.S. embassy in Islamabad said in a statement.
Section of the Afghan media quoted Afghanistan's presidential spokesman, Nazeefullah Salarzai, as saying that Latifullah was not in the custody of the Afghan government. He said the Afghan authorities had no knowledge of the handover.
While the US did not confirm Latif Mehsud was among those transferred, Pakistani officials said Latif Mehsud had been "released".
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