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Taliban-designated district chief detained in Badakhshan

Taliban-designated district chief detained in Badakhshan

Sep 07, 2011 - 17:27

KABULinfo-icon/ KUNDUZ CITY (PANinfo-icon): A Talibaninfo-icon-designated district chief for Baharak district has been arrested by intelligence officials in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, officials said on Wednesday.

The shadow Taliban district chief, Mullahinfo-icon Amruddin, was detained along with Qari Muhibullah, a bomb making expert, by the provincial National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) operatives, a spokesman for the department, Shafiqullah Nadari, told a press conference.

Taliban leaflets, documents used for making remote controlled bombs, and a vehicle were seized from the detainees, he said.

The detainees had confessed to planning a Friday suicide attack on the Najm-ul-Madaris mosqueinfo-icon in Baharak district, the official said, adding a teenage boy, who wanted to explode his explosives inside the mosque during the performance of Friday prayers, was captured by people before he could detonate his explosives.

The detained boy had confessed during preliminary interrogation that he received training for the attack in a Haqqani Madrasa in Peshawar City of Pakistaninfo-icon, Badakshan NDS chief, Ali Ahmad Mubarez, said.

Separately, three people were detained on the charge of having links with militants during an operation by International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) in the Aliabad district of northern Kunduz province, ISAF said.

But the district police chief, Lt. Col. Abdul Majeed, said the helicopter-borne troops raided a house in the Lala Maidan area at 10pm, detaining three members of a family. The detainees were civilians and had no links with militants, he said.

Mohammad Daud, a resident of the area, said the Taliban would visit the house of the detainees when they were active in the district.

A few suspected militants were also detained during a joint operation by Afghan and ISAF troops against a Taliban commander in Kunduz, the alliance said in a statement.



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