Monday, September 27, 2004

Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar

A former Gitmo inmate has been killed in Afghanistan:

A former inmate at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who returned to Afghanistan and rejoined the Taliban as a commander was killed in a raid by Afghan security forces, officials said.

Maulvi Abdul Ghaffar died in a gun battle Saturday in Oruzgan province, Gov. Jan Mohammed Khan said. Khan said Ghaffar had been a Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan and was arrested two months after the U.S.-led coalition ousted the regime in late 2001. He was held for eight months in Cuba before being returned to Afghanistan, where he led Taliban fighters in Oruzgan.

U.S. military officials could not immediately confirm Ghaffar had been in U.S. custody.

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