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Taliban Intelligence Chief Killed

January 2, 2002

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ The intelligence chief of Afghanistan’s deposed Taliban militia died in American bombardment in the eastern part of the country last week, a government official confirmed Wednesday.

Qari Ahmadullah was among 25 people killed in Naka, in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, on Dec. 27 when U.S. planes attacked a house where he was staying with his associates, the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press agency reported.

In Kabul, Abdullah Tawheedi, a deputy intelligence minister for the interim government, confirmed the death to The Associated Press.

Witnesses at the Pakistani border town of Miran Shah told Afghan Islamic Press that Ahmadullah’s brother and two close associates were also among those killed. It said the strike hit a house belonging to Maulvi Taahaa, a former Taliban commander in Paktika province. Taahaa’s fate was unclear.

The U.S.-led coalition had identified Ahmadullah as one of the Taliban leaders it was trying to capture.

Ahmadullah, 40, was also an influential Taliban commander in the northern Afghan province of Takhar.

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