IDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Six Taliban militants, including Mawlawi Naqibullah, a key commander, were killed in Wardak province 35 km west of capital Kabul as their hideout came under air attack early Monday morning, police said.
"A group of Taliban rebels were meeting in a house in Chak district at 01:00 a.m. local time to chalk out terror attacks when the aircraft of NATO-led coalition forces stormed the hideout, killing six militants including Taliban key commander Mawalwi Naqibullah," police spokesman Abdul Wali told Xinhua.
He also said that Mawlawi Ghulam the shadowy governor of Taliban militants in Chak district was also killed in the attack. No civilians were injured, he added.
The elimination of Mawalwi Naqibullah is a major setback to the Taliban outfit in Wardak and adjoining provinces as he had organized Taliban operations in the province, he said.
Taliban militants fighting the government are yet to make comment.
KABUL, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Afghan police, backed by the army and the NATO-led coalition forces, have eliminated 21 militants during cleanup operations in different provinces within the last 24 hours, the country's Interior Ministry said Monday.
"Afghan National Police (ANP) in partnership with army and coalition forces launched 11 cleanup operations in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Wardak, Ghazni, Farah and Helmand provinces, killing 21 armed Taliban militants over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. Full story