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Afghanistan Arrests Top Official of Ousted Taliban

Afghan authorities have arrested a senior official of the ousted Taliban and seized a large quantity of bomb-making material in a raid in the restive southern province of Kandahar, the provincial governor said on Thursday. The man, a brother and aide of former Taliban defense minister Mullah Obaidullah, was seized in a house in Kandahar city, said governor Gul Agha Sherzai. “We captured him and with him we seized about 1,200 detonators,” he told reporters in Kabul. “Lots of equipment for explosions and some 50 light and heavy machineguns.” He did not name the man or say when he was arrested. Obaidullah was second in command of the hardline Islamist Taliban government, which was overthrown by U.S.-led forces in 2001. Full Story

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