Taliban key commander, dozen other killed in W Afghanistan

13:45, October 09, 2009      

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Afghan forces backed by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) launched an operation against Taliban hideouts in Herat province in west Afghanistan and killed a key commander along with a dozen of his men, senior military commander in western region said Friday.

"The operation supported by NATO's helicopter gunships launched in Gazara district at 10:00 p.m. local time Thursday and continued until 02:00 a.m. Friday as a result Taliban commander Ghual Yahya Akbari along with his 12 armed men were killed," General Jalandar Shah Behnam told Xinhua.

However, he did not give more details.

Akbari was a leading commander of Taliban militants in west Afghanistan and often carried out attacks against government interests.

Meantime, Taliban outfit which has speed up activities has yet to make any comment.

Source: Xinhua
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