Taliban district chief among 7 held
The Taliban’s chief for the Chal district of Takhar was caught while planting a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Taloqan, the provincial capital, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.
A statement from the spy service said the captive had admitted to receiving bomb-making training from Uzbek trainers with the Jundullah group in North Waziristan Agency.
Six militants including a Taliban commander’s brother were held during an operation in the Zikarkhel village of Baghlan-i-Markazi district, said the police chief, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rustaqi.
But a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said foreign troops had raided the house of a religious scholar and arrested five civilians on Sunday night.
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