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Germany Nabs Taliban Commander Suspected Of Leading Attack That Killed US Soldiers

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German police have arrested an Afghan man who allegedly commanded a Taliban unit during an attack that killed 16 American and Afghan soldiers.

The 30-year-old man, identified as Abdullah P., was arrested March 23 in the state of Bavaria on suspicion of attempted murder and membership in a terrorist organization. He was involved in “countless” attacks on foreign and Afghan soldiers, including the bombing of seven or eight military vehicles about a decade ago.

“In this attack, at least 16 American and Afghan soldiers were killed,” the prosecutor said in a statement released Tuesday.

Abdullah P. joined the Taliban in 2002 and inherited a command from his father two years later, according to the prosecutor. He left his unit in 2008 and fled to Pakistan a year later. He arrived in Germany in 2011 after taking the so-called Balkan route, which is commonly used by refugees pursuing a life in the European Union. (RELATED: Germany Deports Homegrown Terror Suspects In Landmark Case)

Federal police officers in Germany are investigating around 30 cases of possible war crimes committed by people currently in the country, according to Der Spiegel.

A Syrian refugee identified as Abdalfatah H. A., 36, was arrested in early March on suspicion of being the executioner at a mass killing of 36 government employees in 2013. He’s a suspected member of the al-Qaida-linked Al-Nusra Front.

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