NATO confirms killing of Taliban deputy shadowy governor in N. Afghan province

10:13, January 03, 2011      

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The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Sunday confirmed that Taliban's deputy shadowy governor namely Bahadur had been killed during an operation in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, some 250 km north of Afghan capital Kabul.

"International Security Assistance Force confirmed Bahadur was killed during a combined Afghan and coalition force operation in Kunduz December 30," ISAF said in a statement released to media here.

The statement said that the killed militant was the Taliban deputy shadowy governor for Kunduz province.

"Bahadur provided funding, weapons and supplies to Taliban leaders and fighters. He also conducted attacks and provided operational guidance to senior Taliban leaders in the province," the statement further said.

However, a Taliban purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via cell phone from undisclosed location on Saturday confirmed that Bahadur was killed but insisted that he was a local commander of the outfit in the province.

Source: Xinhua
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