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An Isaf soldier has been killed in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan today, Isaf said in a statement Sunday.

No details of the attack location or the nationality of the solider were disclosed, as per Isaf practice to refer identification to national authorities.

The death brings the number of Nato-led soldiers killed this year in the Afghan war to 387, according to the website icasualties.org which tracks the numbers.

In a separate statement, Isaf said a joint Afghan and Isaf force has killed Taliban leader Juma Gul Akhund during an operation in Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province.

"Akhund oversaw improvised explosive device operations (IED) in the Zharay, Panjwai and Maiwand districts of Kandahar province. He also organised the movement of weapons and IEDs throughout the province," Isaf said in its operations update Sunday.

A number of insurgent leaders have also been captured in Sunday's joint operations, according to the Isaf update.

A local Taliban leader who built and distributed IEDs was detained in the Pul-e Khumri district of northern Baghlan province, while another Taliban leader responsible for IED acquisition and placement as well as direct fire attacks against security forces was detained in southern Helmand province's Nad 'Ali district, Isaf said.

A Taliban leader was captured in eastern Khost province's Khost district. He was responsible for indirect fire attacks on Forward Operating Base Shan and directing IED attacks against security forces throughout Pul-e 'Alam district in eastern Logar province, according to Isaf.

And a Haqqani leader who led direct attacks against security forces was arrested in Pul-e 'Alam. He also facilitated weapon and ammunition transfer to insurgents operating throughout the district, Isaf said.

Meanwhile, a joint security force discovered a drug cache on Thursday during an operation in Sayyid Karam district of eastern Paktiya province. It contained 16,000 kg (35,274 pounds) of hashish and was destroyed on site, Isaf said. Two suspected drug traffickers were also detained.

 

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