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News Reports: Captured Afghan Militant May Not be Top Taleban Commander


News reports indicate that a militant captured in southern Afghanistan may not be one of the Taleban's top commanders as earlier thought.

In a report from the Associated Press Friday, a U.S. military spokesman said previous reports indicating Mullah Dadullah had been detained may prove to be incorrect. He said, however, he had only limited information on the militants captured in the joint U.S.-Afghan military operation.

Dadullah, who lost one of his legs fighting for the Taleban during its rise in the mid-1990's, is one of the terrorist group's top commanders. He is responsible for militant operations in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

The news comes as Afghan police hunting for Taleban insurgents say more than 120 people have been killed in one of the most violent days since the 2001 overthrow of the hard-line Islamist government.

Officials in Helmand province say scores of militants have been killed, including at least 13 policemen, in the military offensive.

Taleban supporters have intensified attacks against the Afghan government and foreigners in recent months, particularly in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Pakistani intelligence is training militants and sending them into Afghanistan. He also accuses Islamic schools in Pakistan called madrassas of urging students to go to Afghanistan to burn schools and clinics.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri reacted by saying he was saddened by the remarks. He urged the Afghan leader not to lose patience. He said what is needed is more coordination and intelligence-sharing.

Some information for these report provided by AP and AFP.

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