NATO: Militant from al-Qaida-linked group captured

Published April 7, 2012 11:54AM (EDT)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a member of an al-Qaida-linked group who helped finance attacks against Afghan and foreign forces has been captured in northern Afghanistan.

The unnamed militant is the third operative with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan reportedly detained or killed in the past two weeks.

NATO said Saturday that Afghan and coalition forces apprehended him during a firefight Friday in Almar district of Faryab province.

Faryab is a stronghold of the IMU, which is active in the north, but the province is otherwise relatively calm.

The group's leader was killed March 26 in Faryab and another member was captured Friday in Badakhshan province.

By Salon Staff

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