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Taliban commanders among insurgents arrested in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The arrests were made in Ghazni, in eastern Afghanistan
  • A deputy to former Taliban spokesman is among those held
  • Arrests came after the military said an attack on Kabul aid conference was foiled

(CNN) -- Six insurgents, among them two Taliban commanders, have been captured in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Friday.

A man named Besmullah was also captured, said a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force. He served as a deputy to the former Taliban spokesman, Abdul Hay Motmaen, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan.

International forces in Afghanistan have been aggressively pursuing insurgents and have captured several senior leaders in recent months.

The arrests Thursday in Ghazni came a day after the military said it had captured several insurgents who were planning to attack an international aid conference that took place this week in Kabul. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among those who attended.

Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.