By Abdul Haleem, Chen Xin
KABUL, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces have captured two Taliban local leaders and eliminated dozens others over the past two days across the country, the alliance said in a statement released here Friday.
In the latest strike against Taliban fighters, two Taliban local leaders have been apprehended in the Taliban hotbed the southern Helmand province since Thursday,said the statement
"An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Now Zad district, Helmand province, today," the statement said.
The arrested leader was believed to be coordinating and conducting attacks against Afghan and the NATO-led coalition forces, the statement said, adding there were no harms to civilians during the operations.
In a similar operation also in Helmand province, a day earlier on Thursday a Taliban local leader was captured in a joint operation of Afghan and the NATO-led coalition forces, the alliance insisted in the statement.
"Afghan Special Police and coalition forces yesterday confirmed the detention of local insurgent leader Muhammad Khan in a raid on Monday in Nad-e Ali district, Helmand province," the statement stated.
The captured leader is reputed to head a cell of insurgents and to closely follow the direction of regional Taliban leadership, the statement said, adding no civilian, Afghan security forces or coalition casualties were sustained during the operation.
Afghan and the NATO-led coalition forces killed a number of suicide bombers and detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation in Jaghatu district, Wardak province, on Friday, said the statement.
After positively identifying the lethal threat of the insurgents, the security force engaged the armed insurgents, said the statement, adding during the exchange, homemade explosives within the compound were detonated, killing the suicide attack planners inside.
Afghan and the NATO-led coalition security force, according to the alliance statement, have also raided Taliban militants in Dowlatabad district, Faryab province to arrest a senior Taliban leader today (Friday).
"As the security force approached the senior Taliban leader's suspected location, the armed insurgents were ordered to disarm and leave the compound. The insurgents responded by opening fire on the Afghan and coalition troops. The security force returned fire, killing the insurgents" the statement contended.
However, the statement noted that during the operation, the security force had seized a weapons arsenal consisting of several automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, mines, and various IED-making materials.
Taliban militants who have been fighting both the Afghan and NATO-led forces have yet to comment.