Troops capture insurgents' leader in E. Afghanistan: NATO

14:24, October 16, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops during a joint operation apprehended a Taliban commander of Haqqani network in eastern Paktika province, a press release of the alliance issued here Saturday said.

"Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani Network leader who maintained weapons caches and planned attacks, during an overnight operation in Ziruk district Paktika province," the press release added.

However, it did not identify the arrested commander, adding," The leader's capture will help degrade the Haqqani Network's operations in northeastern Pakitka, while enhancing counterinsurgency initiatives in the area.

No civilians had been harmed during the operaion, it further said.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Haqqani network under Sarajudin Haqqani the son of Taliban ailing leader Mawlawi Jalaludin Haqqani has been leading military wing of Taliban outfit against Afghan and NATO-led troops based in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua


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