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NATO drone crash in western Herat province

By Sajad - Wed Nov 28 2012, 11:43 am

According to local authorities in wester Herat province of Afghanistan, a NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) drone crashed in Pashtun Zarghoon district on Tuesday night.

Provincial security chief Gen. Abdul Hamid Hamidi confirming the report said a drone belonging to NATO troops crashed in Taqcha and Taqanko area at Pashtun Zarghoon district which is under the control of the Taliban militants.

He said the drone was busy with taking pictures of the area when the incident took place.

Mr. Hamidi said the main reason behind the crash is not known yet and investigations have been launched in this regard.

In the meantime reports suggest that the drone belonged to NATO-led Spanish troops and crashed due to technical issues.

Zarghoon Pashtun district is located 100KM towards south-east of Herat city and militants are actively operating in Taqcha and Taqanko areas.

Meanwhile NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement on Wednesday announced, Afghan and coalition security force arrested a local Haqqani leader in Sabari district, Khost province.

The source further added, the leader was in charge of the acquisition and distribution of weapons and ammunition to insurgents operating throughout Khost province.

During the operation, the security force also detained several suspected insurgents and seized a number of weapons and grenades, ISAF confirmed.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

Afghan and coalition security force conducted a mission to arrest a senior Taliban leader in Sar-e Pul district, Sar-e Pul province, ISAF said following the statemetn adding that the leader controls Taliban insurgents operating in Jowzjan and Sar-e Pul provinces, and is thought to be responsible for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in both provinces. During the operation, two insurgents were killed and one suspected insurgent was detained.

ISAF also said Afghan and coalition officials confirmed that one of the two insurgents killed during a combined Afghan and coalition operation Sunday, in Jaghatu district, Wardak province, was Zubayr, a local insurgent leader who supplied weapons to insurgents throughout the district.

Taliba militants group yet to comment regarding the report.

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