Monday, February 22, 2010

Two key Taliban commanders detained in S Afghanistan

KABUL, Feb. 22 -- As a joint Afghan-NATO operation against Taliban militants in Marja district of southern Helmand province is in full swing, two Taliban key commanders have been arrested in the neighboring Kandahar province, police said Monday.

"Two key Taliban commanders Mullah Ramazan and Mullah Shikh who had led subversive activities in the western Herat province were detained in Kandahar Sunday night," Abdul Rauf Ahmadi the spokesman for police in west Afghanistan told Xinhua.

The arrested elements were key Taliban leaders in west Afghanistan, Ahmadi stressed.

He also added that the two Taliban commanders went to Kandahar to assist their comrades in the southern region where militants are facing major offensive since February 13.

Ahmadi further said that Mullah Ramazan's brother was arrested in Herat couple of days ago.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Earlier four more key Taliban leaders including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar the outfit's second-in-command have been arrested in Pakistan.

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