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Taliban spokesman arrested in Afghanistan

Afghan intelligence agents arrests Mohammad Hanif, who regularly speaks to to the international and Afghan media.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 21:07 IST

Afghan intelligence agents arrested one of the top spokesmen for the insurgent Taliban movement as he crossed into Afghanistan from Pakistan, the intelligence agency said on Tuesday.

Mohammad Hanif was arrested on Monday at the Torkham border post, intelligence agency spokesman Sayed Ansari said.

"Our intelligence officers in (the eastern city of) Jalalabad arrested Abdul Haqiq who was operating under the codename of Doctor Mohammad Hanif who was the Taliban spokesman," Ansari said.

"He was arrested as he entered into Afghanistan at the Torkham border on Monday. His identity has been proved and we had intelligence that he was coming. He is in our custody now."

Hanif regularly spoke to the international and Afghan media from secret locations about Taliban activities in eastern Afghanistan saying he was speaking on behalf of the extremist movement.

He was one of the high-profileest Taliban spokesmen along with Yousuf Ahmadi, who usually speaks about issues in southern Afghanistan.

They were appointed after the chief spokesman, Abdul Latif Hakimi, was arrested in Pakistan in October 2005.

First Published: Jan 16, 2007 21:07 IST