Kabul: Afghan and coalition forces
conducted sweeps across Afghanistan that left at least 30
militants dead, while insurgents in the east killed five
security guards in an ambush on a vehicle convoy, officials
Before dawn yesterday, international and Afghan forces
carried out an operation in the Sangin district of Helmand
province and 10 insurgents were killed, said Daud Ahmadi, a
spokesman for the regional governor.
Mullah Mohammed Hassan, a "prominent" Taliban
commander who was involved in many insurgent attacks in
northern Helmand province, was captured in the Sangin village
of Pirqadam Kariz during the raid, Ahmadi said.
No security forces or troops were injured in the
operation, he said. NATO did not provide immediate comment.
In southern Zabul province, a bridge on a highway
linking the province with neighboring Kandahar, was blown up
with explosives, according to Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar,
spokesman for provincial governor of Zabul. Traffic was being
diverted around the explosion site in Shahrasafa district. No
one was injured.
Violence in southern Afghanistan has been on an
upswing in recent weeks, following a broad operation in the
town of Marjah in Helmand province and as NATO and Afghan
forces ramp up security efforts in neighboring Kandahar.