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Afghan forces detain 2 local Taliban leaders

KABUL, Jan. 30 — Afghan forces backed by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) during an operation in Helmand province with Lashkar Gah as its capital 555 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, captured two local Taliban leaders on Wednesday, ISAF said in a statement released here.

"An Afghan and coalition security force arrested two Taliban leaders in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today," the statement asserted.

However, it did not reveal their names, saying both the detained Taliban leaders were responsible for orchestrating assassinations of Afghan National Security Force members, overseeing attacks on Afghan Local Police checkpoints and directing attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment. (PNA/Xinhua)

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