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ISAF claims killing Taliban commander

02 March, 2013

KABUL: ISAF on Friday (March 1) claimed combined force killed a Taliban commander during an operation in Helmand province yesterday.

"Afghan and coalition forces killed Taliban leader, Sadiq, and wounded another insurgent during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district," the NATO-led force announced in an operational update.

"Sadiq was an experienced leader responsible for procuring and distributing small arms and improvised explosive devices to Taliban fighters for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

He was also involved with kidnapping government officials and Afghan National Security Force members," it said.

Separately, it said, the combined force detained a Taliban facilitator in Nawa district today.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by ISAF eastern command said the combined force also detained three suspects in Gurbaz district of Khost province.

It said a weapons cache was also discovered in the same district. There was no word by Taliban in this regard.

Meanwhile, NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Friday claimed they had killed an "insurgent" during an operation in Kishindeh district of northern Balkh province yesterday. Local residents, however, said the deceased was a civilian.

"Afghan and coalition forces killed an insurgent during an operation in Kishindeh district, Balkh province, yesterday," the international force said in a statement without giving further details.

A local resident, however, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the operation was conducted in Mirzai area of Kishindeh district in which a civilian was killed and another wounded.

He said the victims had no links to Taliban.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, meanwhile, told Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the combined force killed three students of a seminary, not Taliban.

Sher Jan Durrani, spokesman of Balkh police, said they had no reports of any operation in the limits of Kishindeh district, adding Mirzai village was located in the Sar-e-Pul province.

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