Local Taliban leader captured in S. Afghanistan
A local Taliban leader was captured during a joint operation on Tuesday morning in southern Afghan province of Helmand, said a press release issued here by NATO-led forces.
"In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation today," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, Xinhua reported.
Without identifying the captured leader, the release said: " The leader moved supplies for fighters and directed an insurgent cell specializing in bomb attacks throughout the province,"
Another suspected insurgent was detained during the operation, it added.
The Afghan and ISAF forces also detained a Taliban facilitator during a separate operation in Arghandab district of neighbouring Kandahar province on Tuesday morning, according to the release.
"The facilitator supplied insurgents with explosives for use in attacks throughout Arghandab district. Two suspected insurgents were detained during the operation."
Taliban militants, who launched in May 2011 a rebel offensive against Afghan and NATO forces, have yet to make comments.