Al-Qaeda ‘group leader’ killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Aug 16th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Featured

KABUL (AFP) — The NATO force in Afghanistan said Monday it had killed an Al-Qaeda cell leader after he was pinpointed by alliance aircraft while carrying out an attack on a police post.

In other incidents linked to the Al-Qaeda-sponsored Islamic insurgency five Afghan civilians and a handful of rebels were killed in a string of weekend clashes, Afghan authorities said.

Abu Baqir, described as “a dual-hatted Taliban sub-commander and Al-Qaeda group leader”, was killed on Sunday when his truck was targeted in an airstrike in northern Kunduz province, a hotbed of the insurgency.

Another militant was also killed and several others captured while seeking treatment for their injuries in a local hospital, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.

It did not give further details about the Al-Qaeda commander.

Afghanistan is in the grip of an Islamic insurgency being waged by the remnants of the Taliban, who are said to be supported by Al-Qaeda operatives who once used Afghanistan as a safe haven and training ground.

Also at the weekend a roadside bomb, a weapon of choice for the Taliban and other insurgents, struck an Afghan funeral, killing five mourners in the troubled southern province of Helmand, an official said.

Daud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Helmand administration, said the bombing in the province’s troubled Sangin district “was the work of the Taliban”.

Twenty other people were injured in the blast, the spokesman said. He said Sarwan Qala village whre the bombing took place was under Taliban control.

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