Afghan Taliban cell leader and several members captured after placing nine IEDs in children’s school

April 30th, 2010 - 12:38 am ICT by BNO News  

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (BNO NEWS) – An Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban cell leader who allegedly placed improvised explosive devices (IED) in and around an Afghan children’s school, the NATO-led ISAF alliance said on Thursday.

Gathered and received information indicated that a Taliban IED cell was working around Kuhak, in Kandahar province, and further security force operations resulted in the capture of the Taliban IED leader and several other members. The alliance did not say when the operation took place.

Further searches in the area revealed command detonation wires in a field across the road from the Kuhak children’s school, and as specialists traced the command wires, they discovered nine buried IEDs.

Four of the devices were buried on the side of the road running beside the Kuhak school, and two more of the IEDs were buried outside the gate of the school. Three additional IEDs were uncovered in the school courtyard, where the students congregate.

The roadside IEDs were blown up and created large craters. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) experts earlier determined they were too dangerous to move, but the devices located around the school and in the student courtyard were dug up and safely removed by ISAF forces.

It is still unclear why the Taliban decided to place the IEDs in and around a children’s school.

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