Key Taliban figure, uprising commander killed in Faryab
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): A key Taliban member and an uprising commander have been killed in separate security incidents in northern Baghlan and Faryab provinces, officials said on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the Taliban stormed several security posts in Niazullah, Shahr-i-Kohna and Tapa-i-Afghan areas of Baghlan-i-Markazi district late on Tuesday.
A statement from MoI said a key Taliban commander identified as Salam Uzbek and 15 other militants were killed and 25 more wounded in a counterattack from security forces.
Salam Uzbek was one of important members of the insurgent movement in Baghlan, leading attacks in the province, the ministry added.
On the other hand, an uprising group commander, also a tribal elder, was shot dead by Taliban in the Dawlatabad district of Faryab province.
The district chief, Syed Abdul Salam Nazhat, said commander Anmrad was stopped on his way home by Taliban in Sar Jangal area before being shot dead on Tuesday evening.
A provincial council member, Abdul Ahad Elbaig, said Anmrad was an influential figure of the Turkmen community. He played an important role in resolving disputes and problems among people.
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