Afghanistan Ministry of Defense said in a statement that in a joint military operation they have arrested a key Taliban member who used to lead an insurgency group in Shakardara district of Kabul city.

“The Afghanistan National Security Defense Forces in joint operation in Saleh Kheli and Boya Zar villages of Shakar Dara district in kabul, arrested Mullah Akhtar, a key Taliban member”, Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

Mullah Akhtar was involved in recent terrorist and destructive activities in Shakardara district and extorted money from the residents of this district by force, the statement added.

This comes as, the Taliban and the Afghan government are in negotiations to soon start talks on peace deal to end the prolonged war.

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