Tal­iban higher-up slain, Afghan says

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

KABUL, Afghanistan — A se­nior Tal­iban com­man­der was killed Sun­day in Afghanistan’s Kun­duz prov­ince, ac­cord­ing to the Afghan pres­i­dent and the mil­i­tant group.

Dur­ing a cer­e­mony Mon­day hon­or­ing the coun­try’s se­cu­rity and de­fense forces, Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani said that Mul­lah Ab­dul Salam, the Tal­iban’s shadow gov­er­nor for Kun­duz prov­ince, had been killed.

Tal­iban spokesman Zabi­hul­lah Mu­jahid also con­firmed Salam’s death, say­ing it was from a U.S. airstrike in the Dashti Archi district of Kun­duz prov­ince.

Ghani, in his com­ments, did not elab­o­rate on how Salam died. Speak­ing to thou­sands of se­cu­rity forces mem­bers in a cer­e­mony at the Kabul mil­i­tary air­port, Ghani said Salam and his fight­ers “were elim­i­nated in Kun­duz be­cause of you.”

At the cer­e­mony Ghani em­pha­sized Afghanistan in­de­pen­dence and said the Tal­iban and other mil­i­tant groups are no match for the Afghan se­cu­rity forces.

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