Taliban key commander captured in N. Afghanistan: official
Police captured a key Taliban commander during an operation against militants in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Syedkhili said Thursday, Xinhua reported.
"Our police captured a Taliban important commander Shamsudin alias Mullah Abu Bakr along with his bodyguard during an operation in Chardara district last night," Syedkhili told newsmen at a press conference.
With the arrest of Abu Bakr, the security situation in Chardara district would be further improved, the police chief said.
He also emphasized that three more Taliban militants had been killed during operations elsewhere in Kunduz province over the past 24 hours.
Taliban militants have yet to make any comment.
Abu Bakr is the second significant Taliban commander who has been captured in Kunduz over the past one month.
Chardara district has been regarded as the stronghold of Taliban militants in Kunduz and the neighboring Baghlan province since the beginning of this year.