A group of 19 Taliban militants including three leaders were arrested in Kandahar province shortly after returning from Pakistan.

The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Taliban leaders Noorullah alias Abu Zahr, Fateh son of Mohammad Ishaq, and Hamidullah alias Saqib, the commander of the Red Unit of Taliban in Zabul province were arrested in Kandahar soon after they returned from Pakistan.

According to a statement released by NDS, Noorullah and Fateh were each in charge of groups of 40 militants and were involved in destructive and terrorist related activities in Kandahar, Zabul and Logar provinces.

The statement further added that the three Taliban leaders and their men had visited Pakistan during the winter season to participate in training courses and obtain instructions from the group’s leadership (Quetta Council).

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the arrest of the 19 members of the group so far.