Key Taleban commander, policeman killed in Afghanistan

Filed on October 31, 2013

A clash between Taleban militants and police claimed the lives of a key Taleban commander and a policeman in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, an official said.

Taleban militants commanded by Mullah Nasir raided a police checkpoint in Orgon district before dawn and police retaliated, Xinhua reported.

“The fire fight lasted for half an hour during which Mullah Nasir was killed and four more militants sustained injuries,” an official said.

He also confirmed that a policeman was killed, another injured and a police van was damaged in the fight.

The official said the death of Mullah Nasir was a major setback to the Taleban in Paktika province and adjoining areas.

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