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One Taliban local leader killed in N Afghanistan

08-16-2011 14:58 BJT

KABUL, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban local leader was killed when Afghan and NATO-led forces carried out a security operation in country's northern Baghlan province, the NATO said on Tuesday.

"A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban leader and detained one suspected insurgent during a security operation in Pul-e Khumri district, Baghlan province, yesterday," said a press release issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here on Tuesday.

The deceased Taliban leader, namely Zalmi, was directed a cell of fighters who conducted roadside bomb attacks against the local Afghan civilians and Afghan National Security Forces, the press release further said.

"Following the engagement, one of Zalmi's associates was detained for further questioning."the release said.

Taliban insurgents, as a major anti-government group, have yet to make comments.

The Taliban-led insurgency has been rampant since the militant group announced to launch spring offensive from May 1 against Afghan and NATO-led troops stationed in Afghanistan.

A total of 19 people including five policemen were killed when Taliban carried out multiple suicide attacks in Charikar, the provincial capital of Parwan province 55 km north of capital Kabul on Sunday.

Six suicide attackers were also killed while 37 more people with majority of them civilians sustained injuries in the suicide blasts and gun fighting that took place in Parwan's governor office building on Sunday.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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