The Afghan government says police have killed a local Taliban commander involved in kidnapping road construction workers and planting bombs in a northern district.
The Interior Ministry says in a Monday statement a group of militants attacked a police convoy on a main road Sunday. Mullah Amiruddin, a key Taliban leader in Faryab province's Ghormach district, and four police officers were killed in the gunbattle.
The Taliban operate a shadow government in many of the areas they control. Afghanistan's 34 provinces are subdivided into more than 350 districts.