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Another Afghan Taliban chief captured in Pakistan

Senior US officials have claimed that a former governor in the Taliban regime in Afghanistan's Nangahar Province, Maulvi Kabir was recently nabbed in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

world Updated: Feb 22, 2010 16:52 IST

Senior US officials have claimed that a former governor in the Taliban regime in Afghanistan's Nangahar Province, Maulvi Kabir was recently nabbed in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Describing the arrest as a 'significant detention', a senior US military official in Afghanistan said Kabir is considered as one of the top ten most wanted Taliban leaders, Fox News reports.

According to him, the information regarding Kabir, who was nabbed in the NWFP's Nawshera district was gathered during interrogation of the Taliban's second-in command Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was nabbed from Karachi last week.

Baradar's capture has been followed by a series of major detentions within the Taliban's ranks.

In addition to Kabir, Mullah Salam of Afghanistan's Kunduz province and Mullah Mohammad, who reportedly controlled the Baghlan province, were both captured after Baradar.

Pentagon Spokesman Geoff Morrell, however, refused to comment on detentions but said : "Our hope is clearly that this is creating a certain amount of discontent, worry, and turmoil within the organization."

Morrell said the arrests will ultimately "adversely impact the momentum that they (Taliban) have enjoyed over the past several months."