Three Local Taliban Leaders Captured

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Three Local Taliban leaders were captured Wednesday in operations in the north and south of Afghanistan.

Two leaders were captured in a joint Afghan and Nato troop operation in Nahr-e Saraj district of southern Helmand province, Isaf said.

"The first detained Taliban leader is believed to be directly responsible for orchestrating assassinations of Afghan National Security Force members, overseeing attacks on Afghan Local Police checkpoints and directing attacks against Afghan and coalition forces," Isaf said in its operations update Wednesday.

He is also accused of overseeing the acuquisition and transfer of multiple heavy weapons and improvised explosive devices (IED) to Taliban fighters operating in Nahr-e Saraj, Isaf added.

The second detained Taliban leader is believed to be directly responsible for transporting and financing IED-making materials, IED placement and the executing IED attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, Isaf said.

Four suspected insurgents were also captured during the raid.

The statement said that a third local Taliban leader was captured in Khanabad district of northern Kunduz province Wednesday.

He is accused of being directly involved in planning and executing IED attacks against security forces and government officials.

Meanwhile in eastern Nangarhar province Wedensday, two insurgents were killed and nine others were captured after being fired upon during a security operation in search of a Taliban facilitator in the Khugyani district.

The facilitator was not captured but several firearms and ammunition were seized.

Isaf did not disclose the names of any of the local leaders it said were captured.

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