Afghan security forces arrest Al-Qaeda financier in eastern province

2017-01-14 09:39:48 GMT2017-01-14 17:39:48(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security forces arrested the person who was in charge of financial affairs of al-Qaeda group in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, said a provincial government statement released here on Friday.

"Our special forces arrested Hazratullah, the local financier of Al-Qaida terrorist group along with 4 other suspected militants in Shinvar district of Nangarhar province on Thursday's night," the statement said.

According to the statement, during the operations six terrorists have been killed and three others wounded.

Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State (IS) groups have been active in parts of the eastern provinces of Afghanistan over the past several years.

Last October three senior al-Qaeda members were killed following a U.S. drone strike in eastern Kunar province.