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6 militants detained in S. Afghan operation: police


19:09, May 27, 2013

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Six armed Taliban militants had been arrested in the southern Afghan province of Helmand overnight, said a police source on Monday.

"Afghan National Police (ANP) personnel carried out an operation in the Dakhat area of Nad Ali district overnight capturing six armed Taliban militants," the district police chief, Omar Jan Haqmal, told Xinhua.

The ANP also destroyed a militant hideout while seizing a handful of weapons and three motorcycles as a result of the operation, the police official added.

Earlier on Monday, two militants were killed and two others were detained after the militants launched an ambush attack against an ANP unit in the Safar area in neighboring Garmser district in the province 555 km south of Kabul, Omar Zawak, a provincial government spokesman told Xinhua.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group launched an annual rebel offensive late last month against Afghan government forces and about 100,000 NATO-led troops stationed in the country.

In eastern Ghazni province, some 125 km south of Kabul, an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander named Hajji Habibullah was wounded and two of ALP or community police force members were killed when militants conducted a drive-by shooting in provincial capital Ghazni city earlier in the day.

In a separate development Monday morning, six people were wounded when an Improvised Explosive Device went off in northern Jawzjan province 390 km north of Kabul.

The Taliban-led insurgency and conflicts claimed the lives of more than 2,800 Afghan security forces and 400 foreign soldiers while leaving 2,754 civilians dead last year in the war-hit central Asian state.

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