Taliban’s shadow governor for Faryab detained in Herat
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): Taliban’s governor for northern Faryab province has been detained, officials said on Wednesday, hoping the arrest would help stabilise the security situation.
Qari Salahuddin Ayubi led recent insurgent operations in the northwestern zone, particularly in Faryab province, said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) -- the Afghan spy service.
Ayubi was arrested last night on the Herat-Shindand highway, a statement from the intelligence agency said, claiming the Taliban had suffered heavy losses during the recent security operations in Faryab.
It added the Taliban’s shadow governor was trying to escape to the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta through Badghis, Herat and Kandahar.
Faryab Peace Committee head Maulvi Asadullah Jamali, speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News, called the arrest a huge success for the security forces.
He believed the incident represented the arrest of 50 percent of Taliban in the province. “Ayubi is a dangerous man, planning terrorist attacks and suicide bombings.”
Facebook users also hailed Ayubi’s detention, saying he was fleeing the area as a result of successful operations in the north led by 1st Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum.
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