The Taliban's top operational commander, Mullah Dadullah, has been killed in a clash in southern Afghanistan, security officials said on Sunday.
"Mullah Dadullah has been killed and his body is in Kandahar," said Saeed Ansari, spokesman for the intelligence department.
"Yes, he was killed last night and right now I have his body before me," Kandahar's governor Assadullah Khalid told Reuters by phone.
He said Dadullah was killed in neighboring Helmand province.
Another intelligence official said the one-legged Dadullah was killed in a clash with Afghan troops in the southern province of Helmand on Saturday night.
Apart from leading most Taliban attacks in the south, the notorious Dadullah was also believed to be behind a series of kidnappings of foreigners and Afghans and some beheadings which earned him the title of Afghanistan's Al Zarqawi, after the Qaeda leader in Iraq who was killed in a U.S.-led attack.
He was a member of Taliban's 10 member leadership council and close to the movement's fugitive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Sunday, May 13, 2007