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NATO claims killing senior Taliban leader in E. Afghanistan

KABUL: Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces have killed a senior Taliban leader and two militants during overnight operation in Afghanistan’ s eastern Paktia province, a foreign news agency reported citing a press release by ISAF. “An Afghan and coalition security force killed Farman, a senior Taliban leader who terrorized the local population by participating in attacks, kidnappings, interrogations and executions of Afghan civilians,” the press release said.

According to ISAF, the Taliban leader was killed along with two of his associates during an overnight operation in Gardez district of Paktia province. Eight suspected insurgents were also detained in the raid while combined troops discovered assault rifles in the targeted compound.”Security force protected the women and children during the operation,” the press release stated.

The foreign news agency cite ISAF as saying that the month of September marked a total of 438 suspected Taliban insurgents detained and over 100 militants killed in security force operations throughout the militancy-hit Afghanistan.

“Another setback for the hard-die Taliban was capturing or killing more than 100 insurgents’ leaders including Taliban’s shadow governors, leaders, sub-leaders and weapons facilitators during the past month,” the press release added.-SANA

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