Troops detain Taliban local leader in S. Afghanistan province: NATO
Afghan and NATO-led forces detained a Taliban local leader during an operation in Kandahar province, some 450 km south of Kabul, a press release of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday, Xinhua reported.
"The International Security Assistance Force confirmed today a Taliban leader was detained during an Afghan and coalition operation in Kandahar province on March 2," the press release said.
Without revealing the arrested man, the press release stressed that the local leader was responsible for coordinating weapons acquisition and distribution for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Separately, Afghan and coalition forces detained two Taliban assassination cell members during an operation in Kandahar district, Kandahar province on Thursday, according to the press release.
"According to official reporting, the Taliban assassination cell members were based in Kandahar province where they targeted Afghan civilians and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan officials through the use of intimidation, extortion and targeted assassinations." the press release added.
Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comments.
Kandahar, the birthplace of Taliban, has been experiencing increasing militancy over the past couple of years despite continued military operations launched by Afghan and ISAF troops since mid 2010.