TALUQAN, Afghanistan, April 7 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban commander and his bodyguard were killed after the militants' plan to attack Baharak district in the northern Takhar province was foiled, provincial government spokesman Mohammad Jawad Hajari said Tuesday.
"A large number of Taliban rebels under notorious commander Qari Ansarullah Gajar were planning to storm the headquarters of Baharak district on Monday night, but security forces ambushed the militants' convoy killing the commander and his bodyguard, forcing the militants to disperse," Hajari told Xinhua.
Three militants and two security personnel were wounded in the firefight which lasted for a while, the spokesman said.
The physical elimination of commander Gajar could prove a major blow to the Taliban fighters in Takhar and adjoining areas, he added.
The Taliban group has not made comment on the report.