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Taliban key commander killed in Afghan eastern province

Updated: 07 07 , 2015 15:35
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KABUL -- Taliban key commander named Mullah Abdul Khaliq was killed in the eastern Laghman province on Tuesday, a statement from the provincial government said Tuesday. "A group of Taliban militants under Mullah Abdul Khaliq attacked police checkpoints in Badro village of Alishing district early today and police returned fire killing the commander and injuring another," the statement said.

Mullah Abdul Khaliq, according to the statement, was a powerful military leader in the eastern Laghman province and adjoining areas and his death is a major setback to the Taliban in east Afghanistan.

Taliban militants fighting the government to regain power are yet to make comments.