Polish troops capture 'most wanted' Taliban insurgent
PR dla Zagranicy
A senior leader of the Afghan Taliban has been captured in a joint operation between Polish soldiers and Afghan police officers near Spinde village in the eastern Ghazni province.
Abdul Kabir (centre) captured in Ghazni province: photo - mon.gov.pl
Mullah Abdul Kabir is thought to be one of the most active insurgent commanders in the region and responsible, claim Polish armed forces, for a roadside attack on a NATO convoy in December 2011 in Ghazni, leaving six Polish soldiers dead, and another attack in August of that year, killing one Polish soldier.
“He is charged with the mass murder of innocent Afghani civilians as well as the kidnapping and atrocious murders of local administration officials and members of the local police,” Capitan Janusz Blaszczak from the Polish contingent in Afghanistan press office told Polish Radio.
“He is also accused of kidnapping for ransom and organising attacks on civilian convoys and Afghan Security Forces, among others,” he added.
The 54 year-old Mullah Abdul Kabir was arrested on the night of 4 and 5 January during an attempted robbery, says Capitan Blaszczak.
A statement by Poland's Ministry of Defence says that Abdul Kabir has been in the Top 10 of the Joint Prioritized Effects List of most wanted insurgents in Afghanistan for the last five years.
Polish Forces from the Task Force White Eagle unit have been training the afghani Provincial Response Company (PRC) so they can take over security duties in the Ghazni province after Poland pulls out around 2,000 of its troops stationed in the war-torn country in 2014.
Thirty seven Poles have died on duty in Afghanistan since Poland began taking part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2002. (pg/di)