Afghan forces kill 6 militants, capture Taliban key commander in northern Samangan province

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AYBAK, Afghanistan, April 11 (Xinhua) — Security forces in crackdown against militants in northern Samangan province have killed six armed insurgents and captured a Taliban key commander alive, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Sunday.

The operations covering parts of Khuram-o-Sarbagh district were kicked off on Saturday. The security forces also captured Qari Shafi, the Taliban key commander in the restive district.

Describing Qari Shafi as a notorious commander, Rezai said Shafi’s arrest could prove a major setback for the Taliban insurgents in Samangan and its vicinity.

Four more militants sustained injury in the firefight, the official added.

Without providing information on possible casualties of security personnel, the official said the security forces would continue to chase the insurgents elsewhere in Samangan and adjoining areas.

The Taliban militants who are active in parts of Samangan province haven’t made comments yet. Enditem

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