6 suspected Taliban detained in Paktia
The militants were arrested in Nisthi Kot area on the outskirts of Gardez, the provincial capital, the alliance said. The detainees included a bomb-making expert, who was involved in planting landmines in the province.
With Afghan officials and the Taliban yet to comment on the arrests, locals said they heard gunfire and helicopters buzzing over the area at about 10pm.
The soldiers took away six madrasa students of a seminary, said Sardar Khan, a resident of the Mahmud Qala village. "The students were detained in the absence of the seminary head."
Two months ago, foreign troops arrested a teacher and his three students during a clearing operation at the Salamkhel Madrassa in Ahmadabad district.
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