Afghan and coalition security forces detained a Haqqani network leader along with two Taliban leaders following joint military operations at eastern and southern Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by International Security Assistance Force, Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani facilitator during an operation in Sabari district of eastern Khost province. The facilitator supplied weapons, ammunition, rockets and explosives to insurgents for attacks against Afghan and coalition troops throughout the district. The security force detained two additional insurgents as a result of this operation.

The source further added, Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in Panjwa’i district, Kandahar province, today.

The leader recently returned to Panjwa’i with numerous insurgent fighters for the Taliban spring offensive.

He was also the senior Taliban insurgent operating in the district and directed roadside bombings, suicide attacks and other operations against Afghan and coalition security forces.

The security force detained multiple additional insurgents and seized more than 700 rounds of ammunition as a result of this operation.

In a separate operation in Murghab district, Badghis province, Afghan and coalition security forces detained a Taliban leader and two additional insurgents yesterday. The leader, who was an explosives expert, constructed and directed the use of improvised explosive devices in attacks against coalition forces. He also supervised Taliban informants throughout the region. When the leader was detained, he was in the process of acquiring more powerful explosives for large-scale IED attacks throughout Badghis province.

Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.

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