Senior Taliban leader detained in S. Afghanistan

A senior Taliban leader was arrested Friday in an operation conducted by Afghan forces and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in southern province of Helmand, the ISAF forces confirmed.

"An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader and detained another insurgent during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today," the ISAF said in a press release.

"The leader is accused of commanding a cell of fighters responsible for conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He allegedly provides weapons for use in insurgency operations throughout the district, and is believed to be heavily involved in improvised explosive device operations," the release added without revealing the name of man.

In addition, the joint forces also detained a Taliban facilitator and several other insurgents in different provinces earlier Friday, the release noted.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency for more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

The security forces have recently intensified operations across the country as spring and summer known as the fighting season is drawing near.