Monday, December 26, 2011 – According to local officials in southern Afghanistan, a Taliban commander was killed and 3 others were detained following armed clashes in southern Helmand province.

Helmand provincial governor media department following a press release on Monday said, the Taliban commander was killed and his 3 other companions were detained after the Taliban militants ambushed the Afghan national police forces in Greshk district of southern Helmand province on Saturday.

The source further added, Afghan national police forces were backed by the Afghan national army soldiers during the clashes and there were no reports of the Afghan security forces casualties.

In the meantime, Afghan national army soldiers detained a foreign militant along with an AK-47 assault rifle in the same district on Friday, the statement said.

The officials also said, Afghan national army soldiers seized and defused at least three improvised explosive devices in Greshk district of southern Helmand province.

In a separate operation Afghan intelligence forces seized a weapons and explosives cache including 7 anti-tank improvised explosive devices, 3 AK-47 assault rifles, 5 RPG missiles, 50 kilograms of explosives, 10 hand grenades and 100 rounds of AK-47 ammos in Nad-e-Ali district of southern Helmand, provincial security officials said.

The officials said, no suspect has been detained in connection to the weapons cache so far.

In a separate operation by NATO-led coalition forces, at least two militants were killed and two others were injured in Sangin district of southern Helmand province.

Anti-government armed militants group yet to comment regarding the reports.

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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.