Taliban key commander killed in eastern Afghanistan
JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban key commander Mullah Ghafar has been killed in Pachiragam district of the eastern Nangarhar province, a statement of the provincial government said here Saturday.
The security forces launched a special operation Friday night in Pachiragam district to capture Taliban's notorious commander Mullah Ghafar alive but he resisted and was killed in a cross fire, the statement added.
Describing Mullah Ghafar as a notorious commander and in charge of recruitment of fighters for the Taliban outfit, the statement said that Ghafar's physical elimination could prove a major setback to the armed insurgents in Nangarhar and its vicinity.
The Taliban group has yet to make comments. Enditem