8 insurgents killed in operations in Afghanistan: gov't
Kabul, May 8 (Xinhua-ANI): Afghan police, backed by army and NATO- led coalition troops, have eliminated eight armed insurgents and detained five others, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.
"Eight armed insurgents have been killed and five other suspects detained during four joint military operations launched by police, army and coalition forces in Kabul, Paktia and Zabul provinces within the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.
The joint forces also found and seized weapons, the statement said, without saying if there were any casualties on the side of security forces.
In another development, a joint security force detained a senior Taliban leader in northern Faryab province earlier Tuesday.
"An Afghan-led and coalition supported security force detained a senior Taliban leader during an operation in Almar district, Faryab province, today," the coalition forces said in a separate statement.
"The leader organized roadside bombings, suicide attacks and other operations against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the province. Additionally, he coordinated with Taliban leaders to provide funding and operational guidance," the coalition statement said but did not disclosing the name of the captured Taliban leader.
The Taliban insurgent group, who announced to launch a spring rebel offensive from May 3 against Afghan forces and NATO troops, has not to make comments yet.
More than 650 insurgents have been killed and over 1,300 others detained in the country since the beginning this year, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry. (Xinhua-ANI)
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