Top Taliban Commander Killed in East Afghanistan

Top Taliban Commander Killed in East Afghanistan
Sun Apr 24, 2016 17:53:33

A senior commander of the Taliban militant group has been killed during an operation conducted by security forces in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Parwan.

“During a special operation of Afghan National Police, deputy Taliban so-called district governor for Shinwari district of Parwan Province, named Alamuddin, was killed,” the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement.

According to the statement, the operation was carried out in the Daraz Gard village of Shinwari on Saturday evening.

“Alamuddin was involved in many terrorist and destructive activities in this district and other areas of Parwan,” the statement said.

The Taliban has not made any comment about the incident so far.

Parwan is among the volatile provinces in Afghanistan where anti-government militants are actively operating and carrying out acts of terror against civilians and security forces.

Afghanistan faces a security challenge years after the United States and its allies invaded the country in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but many areas in the country are still beset with insecurity.

There are currently some 10,000 foreign forces in Afghanistan despite the end of the US-led combat mission on December 31, 2014. The forces, mainly from the US, are there for what Washington calls a support mission. NATO says the forces focus mainly on counter-terrorism operations and training Afghan soldiers and policemen.

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