Several rebels detained; weapons found
KABUL (PAN): Several suspected militants were detained during joint operations by Afghan and NATO-led forces in different parts of the country in the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.
A combined force, targeting a Taliban leader responsible for orchestrating suicide assaults throughout southern Afghanistan, arrested several suspects in Kandahar province, the alliance said in a statement.
The guerrilla leader, who returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan to carry out attacks, was allegedly involved in the Feb. 12 suicide bombing at the police headquarters in Kandahar City. A number of Afghans were killed and wounded in the incident.
Elsewhere in the south, an ISAF patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of nine homemade explosive rockets and two 81 mm rounds in Marja district of Helmand province. The weapons were destroyed on-scene.
In Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktiya province, several fighters were netted during a security operation. The troops targeted a Taliban facilitator operating in Gardez and Baraki Barak district of neighbouring Logar province.
Afghan and coalition forces detained one rebel in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar. The detainee is a bomb-making expert, who has ties to insurgents in the province, according to the ISAF statement.
An ISAF patrol found a weapons cache consisting of one 75 mm mortar, 16 mortar shells, two electronic devices and 33 12.7 cartridges in Nijrab district of Kapisa province.
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