Al Qaeda `group leader` killed in Afghanistan: NATO
Last Updated: Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37
Kabul: The NATO force in Afghanistan on Monday said it had killed an Al-Qaeda cell leader after he was pin-pointed by alliance aircraft while carrying out an attack on a police post.

Abu Baqir, described as "a dual-hatted Taliban sub-commander and Al-Qaeda group leader", was killed yesterday 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.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to oust the Taliban, who had sheltered al Qaeda leaders including Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect behind the 9/11 attacks in the United States.

The number of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan fighting the intensifying insurgency is nearing its peak of 150,000, under the command of US General David Petraeus.


First Published: Monday, August 16, 2010, 20:37

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