Militant leader among 7 detained
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan and coalition forces arrested a senior Taliban leader along with three associates during a joint operation in southern Kandahar province on Monday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.
The detainee commanded Taliban fighters in the provincial capital and Panjwai district, directed attacks against Afghan and foreign forces, a statement from the alliance said.
Without naming the arrested rebel leader, ISAF said he coordinated the movement of supplies, weapons and improvised explosive device-making materials throughout Kandahar to support the insurgency.
Elsewhere in the south, a joint force seized 1,270 kilograms of opium and 40 kilograms of heroin after a brief firefight in Helmand province.
One insurgent was killed and another detained as a result of the clash on Saturday. The vehicle and drugs were destroyed on site.
In Ghazni province, Afghan police members of the Provincial Response Company, helped by coalition forces, seized a cache of explosives and IED-making materials.
The seized items included three 40mm rocket-propelled grenades, one antitank mine and one IED with detonation cord ready to use. All materials were destroyed on location.
Also on Monday, three suspected militants were held during a security operation in search of a Haqqani leader in southeastern Khost province.
The leader is believed to be responsible for multiple attacks throughout the province as well as IED emplacement. During the operation, the security force also seized an assault rifle and numerous grenades.
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