Nine Taliban men held in Afghanistan

December 9th, 2008 - 4:19 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanKabul, Dec 9 (Xinhua) The Afghan National Police (ANP) and the US-led Coalition forces detained nine suspected Taliban militants during a combined operation, a military statement said Tuesday. The operation, launched to disrupt the Haqqani network in eastern Afghan province of Khost Monday, targeted a Haqqani commander known for directing and assisting the movement of weapons and foreign fighters into the region, the statement said.

Moreover, the combined force during the operation encountered an armed militant who refused to comply with their instructions and displayed hostile intent, it said. “The force engaged the militant with small-arms fire and wounded him.”

Spiralling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have claimed the lives of more than 5,000 people, mostly militants, so far this year despite the deployment of over 70,000 international troops in strife-torn country.

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