Key Taliban commander detained in Southern Afghanistan
The NATO-led troops detained a key Taliban commander in militants' hotbed Helmand province south of Afghanistan, police said Monday.
"Mullah Abbas, a senior Taliban commander who was injured in a gun battle, was detained by international troops in Nawa district, during the country's parliamentary election day on Saturday," a police official who declined to be named told Xinhua.
He said Abbas used to command the hardliner militants in Nawa, Nad Ali and Marja districts.
Taliban militants, who intensified attacks and threatened Afghan voters to stay away from polling sites of second legislative vote held on Saturday, have yet to make comments.
However, according to officials, Taliban-linked activities and attacks left 21 voters dead and over 50 others injured on Saturday elsewhere in Afghanistan.
Over 4 million Afghans out of 11.4 million eligible voters had cast their votes on Saturday's elections.
Over 2,500 candidates, with some 400 of them women, had contested the election held on Sept. 18 and the final result is expected to be announced on Oct. 30.