Security and Crime
Taliban shadow district chief held in BamyanBy Hadi Ghafari Jun 23, 2012 - 16:24
BAMYAN CITY (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief has been arrested and some documents and explosives were recovered from him in central Bamyan province, an official said on Saturday.
Mullah Abdul Kabir, the Taliban shadow district chief for Saighan, was arrested two days after he planted a roadside bomb to target the vehicle of the town’s administrative chief, Omar Khan Baiani, in the Ghoramch area, police said.
Baiani was unhurt in the blast, but his vehicle was damaged, police spokesman Ahmad Ali Yarzada told a news conference.
After the bomb attack, police launched a search operation in the area, arresting Mullah Kabir and seized a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG), three remote-controlled bombs and three identity cards from him, he said.
Kabir told reporters he detonated the remote-controlled bomb after the district chief's vehicle passed by. He said he did not want the district chief to die.
Kabir, who belongs to Kafsh Khel area of Saighan district, has completed his religious primary education in his home town and then went to Pakistan, where he spent three years learning religious education in the Ashadul Tawhid Seminary in Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The rebel leader had received military training at the seminary and was appointed as Taliban-designated district chief for Saighan two months ago.
After receiving 100,000 afs from the Quetta Shura, Kabir said he had been asked to go to Bmayan province and destroy red-light areas, kill Shiites and increase Taliban's activities there.