2 Taliban militants, including leader, detained: NATO

19:02, January 12, 2011      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops during a joint operation arrested two Taliban militants including a local leader in Kandahar province 450 km south of Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday, the military alliance said in a statement released here on Wednesday.

"Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban leader who operated out of Kandahar City and Arghandab district in Kandahar province, along with one suspected insurgent during a security operation in the province yesterday (Tuesday)," the statement added.

The arrested Taliban local leader, according to the statement was responsible for supplying material to subordinate insurgents and conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

No civilians including women and children had been harmed during the operation, it further emphasized.

In the statement, the military alliance did not reveal the name of the arrested local Taliban leader.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment.

Source: Xinhua

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