The Afghan national defense and security forces have arrested three key members of the Taliban group during an operation in Southeastern Paktika province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said Tuesday that the militants were arrested from the vicinity of Zeruk district.

“Yesterday, three senior members of armed Taliban were arrested during an Afghan National Police ambush in the Zirok district, southeastern Paktika province,” the statement.

MoI further added “One vehicle, one radio handset and some amount of ammunition seized as well.

The group was the main planner and organizer of terrorist and destructive activities, armed assault and explosions in different parts of Paktika province.”

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Paktika is among the relatively restive province in southeastern parts of the country where the Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other groups including the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are actively operating in some of its remote and restive districts.

Earlier, at least one insurgent was killed and six others were wounded during an airstrike in Barmal district of Patkika.


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