Militant chief held dressed in burka

A senior leader of an al-Qa'ida-linked militant group has been captured in northern Afghanistan disguised in a burka.

The man, a leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, was apprehended with two associates during a night operation in Kunduz city on Monday, Nato said. It said that the militant, who was not named, had planned attacks against the Afghan National Police, various suicide bombings, and assaults against other Afghan security forces.

Nato added that many militants wear the burka to try to avoid detection.