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'Top Taliban commander killed' in Afghanistan - interior ministry

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By Euronews
'Top Taliban commander killed' in Afghanistan - interior ministry

<p>A senior Taliban commander Mullah Firoz Jahadi has been killed during an anti-terror operation, according to the Afghan interior ministry.</p> <p>Jahadi, and five other Taliban members were killed during the police operation in the central Afghan province of Ghazni, the ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>“A top Taliban commander named Mullah Firoz Jahadi along with five other armed Taliban killed in Aab Band district of Ghazni province in an Afghan National Police ambush.”</p> <p>According to the ministry, Jahadi had been leading Taliban efforts to regain control of Kunduz.</p> <p>The strategically important city, considered a gateway to northern Afghanistan, is linked by road to Kabul in the south, Mazar-e-Sharif in the west and Tajikistan in the north.</p> <p>Kunduz also has symbolic significance for the Taliban, as the city was a key northern stronghold until 2001, when its fighters were ousted by the Northern Alliance after the US-led invasion began in the wake of 9/11.</p>