KABUL, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Afghan and NATO-led forces eliminated a key Taliban commander Mullah Ahsanullah in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan Wednesday, deputy to provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Haqtash said.
"The troops were in patrol in Chardara district this morning when Taliban rebels attacked them and the troops returned fire killing Mullah Ahsanullah," Haqtash told Xinhua.
He also said that few more insurgents were killed and injured in the firefight but could not give an exact figure.
Taliban militants have yet to make comment.
A relatively peaceful province until early this year, Kunduz has been the scene of increasing militancy over the past couple of months.