Afghanistan says Taliban mastermind of deadly attack on military base killed

An Afghan military vehicle is seen near the attack site after a car bomb detonated on a military base in Maidan Sharar in Wardak province on January 21, 2019. — AFP pic
An Afghan military vehicle is seen near the attack site after a car bomb detonated on a military base in Maidan Sharar in Wardak province on January 21, 2019. — AFP pic

KABUL, Jan 23 — Afghanistan’s main spy agency has killed a Taliban commander who was the mastermind of this week’s deadly attack on Afghan forces at a military base in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said today.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the commander, whose name it gave only as Noman, was killed in an air raid yesterday night.

“Noman, along with seven others, was targeted after being identified by the NDS forces in an operative task,” the agency said in a statement.

“NDS will follow the terrorist group and kill them all.”

Taliban officials were not immediately available to confirm the death of the commander.

Yesterday, the agency said 36 people were killed and 58 injured in Monday’s attack by the Taliban but those figures were smaller than the tally of other government and security sources.

On Monday, a senior defence source had told Reuters 126 Afghan security forces were killed. Yesterday, two senior security officials in the capital, Kabul, said at least 72 men being trained by the NDS were killed with 38 critically injured. — Reuters