The Pakistani military has captured the hometown of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in the country's South Waziristan tribal belt, security sources said on Saturday. "Security forces took control of Kotkai overnight and a clearance operation is in progress," a security official told media on condition of anonymity at the start of the second week of a major anti-Taliban offensive. "It is a major breakthrough because it was the stronghold of Taliban and hometown of Hakimullah Mehsud and Qari Hussain," he added, also referring to a reputed trainer of suicide bombers. Another security official said ground forces had surrounded the Kotkai village for the past three days as jets and helicopter gunships pounded militant positions. "Security forces entered Kotkai late Friday after they had secured important heights behind it," the official said.