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Notorious Taliban commander arrested in S Afghanistan
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16:40, October 24, 2008

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Afghan police on Thursday carried out an operation against a notorious Taliban commander, Mullah Juma Gul, Thursday morning and arrested the target successfully in southern Afghan province of Uruzgan, said a police official on Friday.

Juma Gul Humat, the provincial police chief told Xinhua that police forces ambushed the regional Taliban leader Mullah Juma Guloutside his hideout in Chahar Chinu district of Uruzgan, arresting him and one of his fellows Mullah Abdul Hakim.

"Mullah Juma Gul, who has over 150 armed men, was suspected of facilitating and involving in several attacks against Afghan and international troops," the police chief said.

During the search of their hideout, two satellite phones, two AK-47s, some pistols and walkie-talkies were found and seized by police, he added.

However, Taliban militants have yet to make any comment.

Separately, the U.S.-led Coalition forces killed three armed militants and detained four suspected militants during an operation targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in eastern Afghan province of Paktika on Thursday, said a Coalition statement issued here on Friday.

"Coalition forces searched a compound in Ziruk district, targeting a Haqqani commander suspected of foreign fighter and weapons facilitation," it said.

"Coalition forces engaged militants as they searched the compound and they returned fire, killing three armed militants," it said.

"A search of the compound revealed multiple AK-47s and other military style equipment," it added.

Spiraling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have left more than 4,700 people so far this year in Afghanistan while Taliban insurgents recently have vowed to intensified assaults against interests of Afghan government and international troops before the coming winter.


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