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Hundreds kilograms of drugs seized in Kandahar

Hundreds kilograms of drugs seized in Kandahar

Jan 03, 2012 - 15:27

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Hundreds of kilograms of drugs were seized by a joint Afghan-international security force during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the alliance said on Tuesday.

The narcotics, including 1000 kilograms of hashish and 50 kilograms of marijuana seeds, were recovered in the Panjwai district and destroyed at the site, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon)'s media office in Kabul said in a statement.

The Ministry of Defence spokesman also confirmed the seizure, but gave no details.

A day earlier, a spokesman for the multinational force the NATOinfo-icon-led forces had made incredible seizures of drugs in Afghanistaninfo-icon last year, dealing a blow to the finances of the Talibaninfo-icon-led insurgents.

Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson told a news conference that narcotics trafficking had been a key generator of funding for the insurgency, but the source of revenue was diminishing.

The ISAF statement also said an Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in the Baghlan-i-Jadeed district of northern Baghlan province. It accused the detainee of operating a roadside bomb making cell and attacks against Afghan forces in the area.

Elsewhere, the statement said another Taliban leader was apprehended during an operation in the Nahr-i-Saraj district of southern Helmand province. The leader coordinated direct fire attacks in the upper Greshk Valley and placed roadside bombs along various routes in the area, it said. One additional suspected insurgent was detained during the operation.

A Haqqani facilitator was captured during an operation in Nadir Shah Kot district of south-eastern Khost province today, the alliance said, accusing the facilitator of coordinating direct fire and roadside bomb attacks against coalition forces.


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