Afghan, NATO forces kill Taliban commander near capital

17:13, January 03, 2010      

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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers backed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have eliminated a Taliban commander and detained three others during a cleanup operation against Taliban militants in Wardak province, 40 km west of the capital city of Kabul.

Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman for the provincial administration, said Sunday, "Acting upon intelligence reports, the joint force raided a compound in Nirkh district Saturday night, killing the local Taliban commander Mullah Rohullah and wounding his comrade Noor Mohammad."

Three other suspected militants had been arrested by the joint force, the spokesman said, adding, "An assault rifle and a pistol were also seized from their possession."

No causalities on the troops and civilians have been reported, he said.

Taliban militants, who staged a bloody comeback four years ago in their traditional hot bed in the southern provinces, have been mounting pressure on the provinces near Kabul since early 2008.

Source: Xinhua
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