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Senior Taliban leader detained in Baghlan

Senior Taliban leader detained in Baghlan

May 17, 2013 - 11:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A senior Talibaninfo-icon leader was detained during a joint operation Afghan and coalition forces in northern Baghlan province on Friday, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said.

Arrested in Baghlan-i-Jadid district, the militant leader allegedly supervises the operations of multiple insurgent cells and has been responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

“He also collects illegal taxes from local civilians, facilitates the movement of weapons and military equipment for use in operations, and interfaces with senior insurgent leadership in order to pass operational information to his fighters,” ISAF said.

A statement from the NATOinfo-icon-led force said seized one rebel, a weapons cache and a large quantity of narcotics during a cordon and search operation in the Nawzad district of Helmand province.

The cache consisted 2,500 kilograms of wet and dry opium, two AK-47 rifles and 19 AK-47 magazines. All seized Items were destroyed on location.

Elsewhere in the province, Afghan Provincial Response Company, advised by coalition troops, arrested nine fighters in Lashkargah district. The security force also seized an unknown quantity of ammunition as a result of the operation.    

In western Farah province, seven militants and a cache of weapons were seized in Pusht Rod district. The joint force recovered one PKM machine gun, over 100 rounds of ammunition and destroyed one RPG rocket. 



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