Taliban, Al Qaeda killed in Jawzjan, Kunar: ISAF
KABUL (PAN): Several militants, including senior Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders, have been killed in separate operations in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday.
Maulvi Qudus, the Taliban leader for northern Jawzjan province, was killed along with a number of associates during a joint Afghan-coalition operation in Darzab district, the NATO-led force said. Several suspected insurgents were detained.
Qudus led Taliban operations in the Qush Tepa district and was a strategic planner, directing funding for operations and improvised explosive device emplacement, the alliance said in a statement.
After being engaged by several armed individuals, the combined force responded to fire, killing the individuals. As they moved to isolate the building, the soldiers came in contact with another armed individual, who was also killed.
In eastern Kunar, bordering Pakistan, several Al Qaeda fighters, including their leader for the province, were killed in a precision airstrike in the Dangam district. Initial reports indicate no civilians were harmed in the strike.
A Haqqani Network facilitator was captured by an Afghan-coalition force in the Terazai district of southeastern Khost province. The detainee is responsible for attacks against Afghan army and coalition forces.
Elsewhere, several suspected rebels were held during a security operation in Dand district of southern Kandahar province. The soldiers were chasing a cell leader responsible for bomb attacks on Afghan army and coalition patrols.
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