The Special Forces of the Afghan National Police identified and arrested a top Taliban leader who was in charge of organizing terrorist attacks, collecting Zakat (charity), recruiting militants and other destructive activities in Mazar-e-Sharif city and other parts of Balkh province.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the Taliban leader, Qari Aziz, was detained during an overnight operation carried out by General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) in Mazar Sharif.

“Qari Aziz was the main planner and organizer of terrorists and destructive activities, armed assault and explosions in Mazar Sharif and as well as in different parts of Balkh province,” the statement added.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest of Qari Aziz so far.