Taleban key commander killed in eastern Afghanistan

JALALABAD, AFGHANISTAN (XINHUA) – A Taleban key commander Mullah Ghafar has been killed in Pachiragam district of the eastern Nangarhar province, a statement of the provincial government said yesterday.

The security forces launched a special operation on Friday night in Pachiragam district to capture Taleban’s notorious commander Mullah Ghafar alive but he resisted and was killed in a cross fire, the statement added.

Describing Mullah Ghafar as a notorious commander and in charge of recruitment of fighters for the Taleban outfit, the statement said that Ghafar’s physical elimination could prove a major setback to the armed insurgents in Nangarhar and its vicinity.