19 militants captured in eastern Afghanistan in week: governor

2021-03-14 13:05:35 GMT2021-03-14 21:05:35(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, March 14 (Xinhua) -- The personnel of Afghanistan's national intelligence agency have recently captured 19 militants in the country's eastern Nangarhar province, the province's governor said Sunday.

"The arrestees were captured in provincial capital Jalalabad city, Surkh Rod, Shinwar and Behsud districts within the past seven days," Governor Ziaulhaq Amarkhil told reporters.

The militants included 17 Taliban militants and two militants of the Islamic State (IS) group, he said.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel also seized in their operations weapons and ammunition including suicide bomb vests, pistols, mines and one improvised explosive device, said the governor.

In a separate development, Afghanistan's security forces nabbed three armed members of Taliban in Khan Abad district of northern Kunduz province on Sunday, according to the district's deputy chief Qudratullah Safi.

The official added the militants were captured in an ambush laid by the security forces when they were travelling along a main road in the province, 250 km north of the national capital Kabul.

The militant groups have not yet made comment on the report. Enditem