AWAR (AFP) - Police in NWFP arrested Maulvi Kabir, one of the top 10 most-wanted Taliban leaders and a former Taliban governor of Afghanistans Nangarhar Province, Fox News reported on its website Sunday.
The network, citing two unnamed senior US officials, said that police captured Kabir in the Nowshera district. The capture is a 'significant detention', a senior US military official in Afghanistan told Fox.
Information leading to Kabirs capture was obtained from Mullah Baradar, the Talibans second-in-command, whose arrest was announced on Feb 18 following a joint Pak-US operation. Baradars capture has resulted in the arrests of several Taliban leaders - people US officials told Fox are shadow governors that operate from Pakistans frontier and tribal regions.
The Pentagon announced that two other Taliban officials were arrested days after Baradars arrest.
Those include Mullah Abdul Salam, based in Afghanistans Kunduz province, and Mullah Mir Mohammad, based in the Baghlan province, The New York Times reported, citing Afghan officials.