Islamabad, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan's government has released a transcript of what it says was an intercepted conversation in which a militant leader claims responsibility for the death of Benazir Bhutto.
In the transcript, Baitullah Mehsud is quoted as saying, "It was a spectacular job." He adds, "They were very brave boys who killed her."
The conversation is said to have been between Mehsud and another militant.
Mehsud is a commander of pro-Taliban forces in a lawless Pakistani tribal region where Al-Qaida forces are active.
His forces often attack Pakistani security personnel.
This fall, he was quoted in a Pakistani newspaper as saying he would greet Bhutto's return from exile with suicide bombers.
He later denied that.
A spokesman for Pakistan's Interior Ministry says Mehsud is "behind most of the recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in Pakistan."
He says Mehsud orchestrated the October bombing against Bhutto's homecoming parade in Karachi that killed more than 140 people.