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UPDATED: 21:04, December 20, 2006
Afghan, U.S. forces capture Taliban commander
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Afghan and the U.S. troops have captured five militants including a key Taliban commander in Afghanistan's western Farah province, provincial police chief Syed Aqa Saqib said Wednesday.

"Afghan army and the U.S. special force conducted an operation against Taliban hideout in Khak-e-Safid district Tuesday night capturing a Taliban commander Mullah Nadir Shah and his four armed guards,"Saqib told Xinhua.

However, he did not say if the Taliban commander had been handed over to the U.S. military.

He also described Nadir Shah as a key commander of Taliban movement who was in command of Taliban fighters in west Afghanistan.

A number of arms and ammunitions including two rocket propelled grenades were also recovered during the operation, which caused no lose of life on either side, Saqib added.

In a separate development in the southern Kandahar province, the former stronghold of Taliban, NATO and Afghan troops captured 20 suspected insurgents on Tuesday night, said Andrew Sallun, alliance spokesman in Kandahar.

Taliban militants have yet to make any comment.

Source: Xinhua

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