A senior Taliban commander was captured on Saturday in an operation carried out in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, reported the coalition forces led by NATO.
"A security force composed of Afghan troops and coalition forces today captured an important Taliban commander and two other rebels during an operation in Nad Ali district, Helmand province," he said in a press release International Force Security Assistance (ISAF, acronym in English).
The leader directs Taliban fighters multiple cells, and their subordinates, allegedly participated in several attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the province, located 555 kilometers south of the Afghan capital of Kabul, the note said, without revealing the name of the detainee.
On the other side, the Friday morning, eight Taliban were killed and another 11 were wounded when a shootout occurred between them and the Afghan army and police in Sangin district, Helmand, told Xinhua on the provincial governor's spokesman Omar Zhwak.
In the confrontation, which lasted for hours, a policeman was killed while six soldiers and four policemen were injured in clashes in areas of Rigi and Sadon Zard district, according to the spokesman.
So far, the Taliban, who rebelled over 10 years ago, have not commented on the matter.
Source : Xinhua