Kabul: Two Taliban leaders were killed and
two others were captured as part of the NATO coalition`s
stepped up campaign against the insurgency`s mid-level command
structure and its supply lines, the coalition said on Monday.
Also, about 300 to 400 people today protested the
capture of nearly a dozen people in an overnight raid in
Behsud district of Nangarhar province in the east, said Hazrat
Mohammad, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.
The demonstrators claimed that those apprehended in
the coalition raid were not insurgents.
A joint Afghan and NATO force killed Fared Gul, who
set up roadside bombs and orchestrated bomb attacks on
coalition convoys and aircraft, during an overnight operation
in Zurmat district of Paktia province, the coalition said.
NATO also reported that Hafiz Janan, a key Taliban
leader involved in training foreign fighters, was killed on
Saturday in the Bakwa district of Farah province in the west.
Another Taliban leader was captured in Baraki Barak district
of Logar province, south of Kabul.
Afghan and coalition forces also captured a key
Taliban leader of a bombing ring and several suspected
insurgents in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province
The insurgent leader is based in the Dand district of
neighbouring Kandahar province and is responsible for violent
attacks on Afghan civilians and coalition forces.
He also is suspected of planning a heavy machine gun
ambush on coalition forces, intimidating civilians and
training insurgents to execute bomb attacks.