German special forces (KSK) Thursday captured an insurgent leader suspected of being behind a string of high-profile attacks, the German government said.
The Defense Ministry said in a statement that German troops serving with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led International Security Assistance Force in northern Afghanistan and local troops had carried out an operation overnight to seize Abdul Razeq.
The suspect was located at about 0600 GMT in mountainous territory around 60 kilometers southeast of Faizabad and taken into custody by Afghan forces.
"With this successful operation, which was long planned and in which a major terror suspect was arrested, German forces demonstrated their effectiveness," Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said.
The man, identified as Abd al-Racik, is thought to have close ties to the Taliban in Pakistan and the drug mafia. Believed to
In: Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: german, special forces, KSK, Taliban, Afghanistan, Insurgent,
Location: Faizabad, Badakhshan, Afghanistan (load item map)
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