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Senior Lashkar-e Taiba Leader Held In Afghanistan

Afghan and coalition security force have arrested a senior leader of Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e Taiba, who was actively planning a high-profile attack in Afghanistan.

He was detained along with a number of other insurgents during an operation in Andar district of Ghazni province on Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a joint command operational update.

The press release did not identify the leader, who is alleged to have planned and participated in multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Kunar, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.

Separately, the combined forces on Monday confirmed the death of three Taliban leaders in separate operations in different parts of the country last week.

Senior Taliban leader Tawab was killed during an operation in Panjwa'i district, Kandahar province, on Saturday. Tawab was in charge of about 50 fighters in the area and was responsible for most insurgent activity and attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in western and central Panjwa'I district.

Another senior Taliban leader, Mullah Asadullah, was killed during an offensive in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, last Wednesday. Asadullah had operational control over a cell of insurgents responsible for multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Taliban leader Yassin was killed in Washer district, Helmand province, on Saturday. He was in charge of a cell of fighters responsible for IED operations against Afghan civilians in Kandahar district. He was also involved in the facilitation of weapons and vehicles for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

by RTT Staff Writer

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