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Haqqani network leader held in Afghanistan

Afghanistan,Terrorism, Sat, 31 Mar 2012 IANS

Kabul, March 31 (IANS) A leader of the Haqqani network, accused of several attacks on security forces and murder of civilians, was captured Saturday in Afghanistan, officials said.


Sayf-ul-Rahman was captured in the eastern province of Wardak, 35 km west of capital city Kabul, Xinhua reported.


Two of his comrades were also held during a raid in Jahadkhil area of Sayyedabad district, government spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said.


The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) also confirmed in a statement Saturday that a Haqqani leader and two other insurgents were detained in Wardak.


According to the US State Department, the Haqqani network is a Taliban-affiliated group of militants that operates from North Waziristan in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. The network has been at the forefront of insurgent activity in Afghanistan, mainly responsible for many high-profile attacks.


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