KABUL, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Afghan and NATO-led troops eliminated six Taliban militants and detained several others in the northern Kunduz province, a press release of the alliance said Tuesday.
"An Afghan and coalition security force killed six insurgents and detained several more suspected insurgents in Kunduz province Monday while in pursuit of a Taliban commander," the press release added.
"The commander coordinates logistical support and operations with the leadership of Pakistan's foreign fighter cell and was formerly in charge of the Taliban in Gor Tappa region," the press release said.
It did not reveal the name of the commander. However, added that as the security force approached the targeted compounds the insurgents began firing and the combined force returned fire, killing six armed insurgents.
Meantime, governor of Kunduz province Mohammad Omar in talks with Xinhua said that commander of fighters in Kunduz province Mullah Sohail was killed along with several of his armed men late Monday night.
Sohail, according to the governor was the commander of foreign militants from Chechnya, Arab and some other countries.
A relatively peaceful province until last year, Kunduz has been the scene of increasing Taliban-linked militancy since beginning this year in north Afghanistan.
Gor Tappa and Chardara districts have been regarded as the breeding centers of Taliban militants in Kunduz province.