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Several Taliban leaders captured in Wardak: ISAF

Several Taliban leaders captured in Wardak: ISAF

Mar 09, 2012 - 16:35

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Several Talibaninfo-icon leaders were arrested during a joint operation by an Afghan-coalition force in Maidan Shahr, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province on Friday, the alliance said.

 Two of the leaders planned and conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the district along Highway 2, including an attack in January against a convoy that left three Afghan National Army soldiers wounded, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) said in a statement.

The other leaders provided weapons and ammunition to a cell of multiple insurgents that conducted roadside bomb and direct fire attacks in the district, it said. One additional suspected insurgent was also detained.

In Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, a Taliban leader was captured during an operation, the statement said, accusing the detainee of conducting roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan civilians and security forces throughout the province.

In Marjah district, an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation in search of a Taliban leader, who directs attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Nad Ali district and supplies insurgents with weapons and equipment, the statement said. The security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during the operation.

An Afghan Provincial Response Company supported by coalition mentors killed three insurgents while responding to an attack against an Agricultural Business Development team in Alisheng district of eastern Laghman province on Tuesday, the force said.

The team struck an improvised explosive device while travelling to conduct development on key infrastructure projects in the area.  Shortly after, an unknown number of insurgent forces then engaged the team with small arms fire. The PRC deployed to the scene and engaged the insurgent attackers, killing three and forcing the rest to flee.

In Bak district of southeastern Khost province, a joint force captured a Haqqani leader during an operation. The leader directed roadside bomb attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the Terayzai and Bak districts. The security force detained one additional suspected insurgent and seized multiple mortar rounds and explosive devices during the operation.


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