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Suspected Quetta Shura members detained in Helmand

Suspected Quetta Shura members detained in Helmand

May 26, 2011 - 12:16

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Two suspected members of Talibaninfo-icon's Quetta Shurainfo-icon have been detained in southern Afghanistaninfo-icon, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said on Thursday.

Afghan and coalition forces captured the senior militants -- the Taliban's head for Helmand and his predecessor -- during a joint security operation in Baba Ji district on May 14.

"One of the men is accused of being the head of the Taliban provincial commission of Helmand until the second man recently returned from Pakistaninfo-icon and assumed the role. Both are suspected members of the Quetta Shura," the NATOinfo-icon-led force said.

The detainees allegedly ordered the intimidation of the local population and were in charge of the insurgent justice system in that area. The senior leader managed military appointments and the supply of weapons and ammunition for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

"Both men surrendered and were detained, along with several other suspected insurgents with ties to insurgent activities," the alliance said in a statement. The joint force also seized 176 pounds (80 kilograms) of opium.


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