Taliban commander and four other militants were killed during an operation by NATO and Afghan forces in northern Afghanistan, an official said Saturday, dpa reported.
"A Taliban senior commander along with four others were killed during a joint operation by coalition and Afghan forces on Friday night," Abdul Rahman Sayedkhili, the police chief for northern province of Kunduz, told the German Press Agency dpa.
Ten other insurgents were detained in the operation that took place in Chahar Darah district, Sayedkhili said.
NATO said in a press statement they targeted a Taliban leader in Kunduz, killing five armed insurgents during the operation and recovering their weapons.
NATO said the operation took place in Shin Wari area, adjoining Chahar Darah district, but NATO and local officials could not confirm whether the two operations were the same.
Violence has escalated in the relatively peaceful northern region this year as US forces have put pressure on the militants in the south.