Leaders among several rebels held: ISAF
KABUL (PAN): A Taliban leader was among numerous suspected insurgents detained by a joint Afghan-international security force during operations in Kajaki district of southern Helmand province, the alliance said on Friday.
The men were arrested as the force targeted a compound in the area, a statement issued by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul said.
The detained militant leader provided support to the Taliban by running drug trade and smuggling operations. The rebel operated in Kajaki and Sangin areas as a financier and facilitator and reported to senior Taliban leaders, the statement alleged.
Elsewhere, one insurgent was killed and several others were detained by Afghan and coalition forces in Sayyad Valley district of northern Sar-i-Pul province on Thursday, the statement said.
The operation targeted a powerful Taliban leader in the north, it said, accusing the rebel of ties to foreign fighter facilitation and suicide training camps operating in Sar-i-Pul. Several mortars and grenades were recovered during the operation.
Meanwhile, coalition forces killed two insurgents during an operation in Reg-e Khan district southern Helmand province on Thursday, ISAF said.
After observing a number of insurgents, coalition forces established positive identification, requested close-air support and engaged the enemy position, killing two insurgents, the force said.
In southeastern Khost province on Thursday, Afghan and coalition security forces captured a Haqqani network leader and detained two suspected insurgents in Bak district.
A Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan leader, the second largest militant group after the Taliban, was pursued in Narkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, the statement said. Two suspected insurgents were detained during the operation, it said.
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