KABUL, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan intelligence agency has captured a key Taliban fighter expert in making land mines and bombs in the country's eastern province of Laghman, said the National Directorate for Security (NDS) on Monday.
"The Special Operation Force of NDS have recently launched an operation in Kala Kot, a village in surrounding areas of Mehtarlam city, capital of Laghman and detained a member of Taliban outfit named Sultan Mohammad," the intelligence agency confirmed in a statement, without revealing the exact date of the raid.
The security forces also seized one AK-47 rifle, 20 rounds of landmines and a handful of ammunition following the raid.
The captive tried to plant the mines at locations in the city, some 90 km east of the Afghan capital, according to the statement, adding that the timely arrest of the man has foiled several terror attacks and saved the city from tragedy.
The Afghan security forces have beefed up security operations against militants recently, as spring and summer known as fighting season, are drawing near in the Central Asian country.