One of the world’s most wanted jihadists. From Reuters, with thanks to Ali Dashti:
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Afghan security forces have captured Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s personal security chief as he travelled in a van to the southern city of Kandahar, provincial officials have told Reuters.
The capture of Toor Mullah Naqibullah Khan, who headed Mullah Omar’s household security during his time in power, could help U.S. and Afghan forces track down his boss, one of the most wanted fugitives in the U.S.-led war on terror.
Osama bin Laden, who ran his al Qaeda network in Afghanistan under the protection of the Taliban, is also believed to be at large in the area.
“We have arrested top Taliban figures Toor Mullah Naqibullah Khan and Mullah Qayoom Angar on the way between Arghandab and Kandahar. They were carrying a satellite telephone and some important documents,” said a senior Kandahar security official, who requested anonymity.
“We are hopeful we will arrest more Taliban figures and we hope that we can arrest their leader Mullah Omar,” he said on Tuesday.
Khalid Pashtun, spokesman for the provincial government, confirmed the arrests.