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Several rebels detained; weapons found

Several rebels detained; weapons found

Feb 25, 2011 - 13:33

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Several suspected militants were detained during joint operations by Afghan and NATOinfo-icon-led forces in different parts of the country in the past 24 hours, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said on Friday.

A combined force, targeting a Talibaninfo-icon leader responsible for orchestrating suicide assaults throughout southern Afghanistaninfo-icon, arrested several suspects in Kandahar province, the alliance said in a statement.

The guerrilla leader, who returned to Afghanistan from Pakistaninfo-icon to carry out attacks, was allegedly involved in the Feb. 12 suicide bombing at the police headquarters in Kandahar City. A number of Afghans were killed and wounded in the incident.

Elsewhere in the south, an ISAF patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of nine homemade explosive rockets and two 81 mm rounds in Marja district of Helmand province. The weapons were destroyed on-scene.

In Gardez, the capital of southeastern Paktiya province, several fighters were netted during a security operation. The troops targeted a Taliban facilitator operating in Gardez and Baraki Barak district of neighbouring Logar province.

Afghan and coalition forces detained one rebel in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of Logar. The detainee is a bomb-making expert, who has ties to insurgents in the province, according to the ISAF statement.

An ISAF patrol found a weapons cache consisting of one 75 mm mortar, 16 mortar shells, two electronic devices and 33 12.7 cartridges in Nijrab district of Kapisa province.


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