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Taliban commander detained in Baghlan


police on pick-up truckA Taliban commander accused of a rocket assault on Killagai prison in northeastern Baghlan province has been arrested, security officials said on Wednesday.  

Jawed Basharat, a police spokesman, said Mullah Kabir was detained along with two others from a house as a result of a clearance operation in Killagai locality of Doshi district on Tuesday night.  
Mullah Kabir, who recently returned from neighbouring Pakistan, had been under police observation, Basharat added. 

A number of rockets were fired at Killagai prison three months back, a police source said, recalling that the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan had claimed responsibility for that attack. 
Killagai prison was built with US support near a coalition base, where hundreds of prisoners were shifted from Pul-i-Khumri prison early this year. 

Kabir was arrested with the cooperation of residents, said Mohammad Jan -- a tribal elder. Last year, all militants had fled town following a security offensive, but many have returned to disrupt security.