Former Taliban spokesman captured in Afghanistan

Several Taliban figures, including a former spokesman for the insurgents, have been captured in raids by coalition and Afghan forces across the country, military and government officials said on Friday.

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 19:10 PM IST

Kabul: Several Taliban figures, including a
former spokesman for the insurgents, have been captured in
raids by coalition and Afghan forces across the country,
military and government officials said on Friday.

Abdul Hay Motmaen, a spokesman for the Taliban when they
ruled Afghanistan, was among those arrested in operations
yesterday night in two villages in Andar district of the
eastern province of Ghazni, district chief Shir Khan Yosoufzai
said.

The international military force in Afghanistan says it
has captured more than 100 senior Taliban figures since April
in near-nightly raids targeting the top leaders. However, the
successes have not managed to reduce insurgent attacks.

In Kandahar in the south, a joint Afghan and coalition
force captured a senior Taliban commander who directed the
movement of fighters and equipment through Nad Ali district in
Helmand province, NATO said.

Yesterday night operation came a day after a joint
force captured a Taliban logistics officer for Taliban
networks operating in Kandahar city, the coalition said.

In the east, Afghan and coalition forces captured an
insurgent suspected of making bombs Thursday night in Behsud
district of Nangarhar province.

The security force targeted a compound outside the
provincial capital Jalalabad in pursuit of the man, and Afghan
forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to
peacefully leave the buildings.

After the occupants were interviewed, one of them led the
security force to a different compound where the bomb-making
suspect was apprehended.

PTI