US military forces have captured Latif Mehsud, a senior commander with the Pakistani Taliban.

The US State Department confirmed the capture but declined comment on when it happened or where he was being held.

Mehsud is believed to be a senior commander with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which is also known as Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan.

A State Department spokeswoman said the group had claimed responsibility for the attempted 2010 bombing of Times Square in New York as well as many attacks within Pakistan.