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Suspected Taliban commander among 2 detained

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two suspected Taliban agents detained in Kandahar province
  • The detentions came in a compound north of the village of Gari
  • A joint Afghan and coalition force conducted the operation

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A suspected Taliban commander operating in Afghanistan's Panjwa'i district was one of two suspected Taliban insurgents detained in Kandahar province on Saturday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Sunday.

"The commander provided guidance and direction to Taliban fighters conducting improvised explosive device attacks and ambushes against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces," ISAF said in a statement.

The two suspected insurgents were detained by an Afghan and coalition security force, which targeted a compound north of the village of Gari in Kandahar district to search for the commander. Afghan forces called on all residents to exit the compound and then secured the commander, detaining the two after questioning residents. No shots were fired, ISAF said.