Afghan, NATO troops detain several militants: NATO

21:28, September 06, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops, during a joint operation, captured numerous suspected insurgents in the southern Zabul province, said a press release of the alliance issued Kabul on Monday.

"The Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents in Zabul province on Sunday while in pursuit of an improvised explosive device (IED) cell leader operating in Qalat district," the press release said.

According to the press release, the targeted individual facilitates the movement of weapons and supplies, and directs IED attacks on Highway 1, a major route used by civilians.

However, it did not give the exact number of those arrested during the operation.

Nevertheless, it stressed that no civilians were harmed during the operation by saying, "Afghan and coalition forces did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children throughout the search."

Taliban militants who have intensified their activities have yet to make comment.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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