Afghan insurgent leader captured; US troop killed

A deputy commander for an al Qaeda linked insurgent group was apprehended in an overnight operation in eastern Afghanistan that claimed the life of a woman, NATO said on Friday.

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010, 14:12 PM IST

Kabul: A deputy commander for an al Qaeda
linked insurgent group was apprehended in an overnight
operation in eastern Afghanistan that claimed the life of a
woman, NATO said on Friday.

Separately, the coalition reported that a US service
member died yesterday in an explosion in the south, bringing
to at least 18 the number of American troops killed so far
this month. NATO did not release details about the death.

NATO said the deputy commander, who was captured by a
joint Afghan and coalition force in Khost province, ran
weapons for the Haqqani network and reported directly to the
group`s senior leaders across the border in Pakistan.

US officials have described the Haqqani network as the
most potent threat to American forces in Afghanistan.

When the troops arrived at the scene, they saw two men
running from the targeted compound to another nearby. They
fired after seeing someone point a weapon out of a window.

Inside the room, they found one woman dead and another
with a minor injury. An AK-47 was next to the female victim
and a rifle and another AK-47 also was found in the building,
NATO said.

"Afghan and coalition forces do not intentionally target
women and we take these incidents very seriously," said US
Army Col Rafael Torres, a spokesman for the coalition.

"We are taking a step-by-step approach in investigating
what happened during this operation."

Troops at the scene treated the injured woman, who was
later evacuated along with two male relatives to a coalition
forces medical facility.

PTI