Afghan forces capture Taliban key commander in northern Faryab province

Afghan security forces have captured a Taliban key commander in the northern Faryab province, provincial police spokesman Mohammad Karim Yurash said Sunday.

“Taliban notorious commander Qari Nizamudin was attempting to enter the provincial capital Maimana city on Saturday evening to organize terrorist attacks but fortunately was captured by police,” Yurash told Xinhua.

The arrested militant was commanding Taliban fighters in Gurziwan district of Faryab over the past couple of years, the official said, adding his arrest could prove a major setback to the militants in Faryab and the neighboring Jawzjan and Balkh provinces.

Taliban militants are yet to make a comment on the report.