Haqqani Leader Behind Suicide Bombing Arrested: ISAF

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A Haqqani leader suspected of supporting a suicide bombing that killed two U.S. soldiers has been arrested in eastern Afghan province of Logar, the coalition said on Tuesday.

An Afghan policeman walks past the site of a suicide bombing in Khost on Oct. 1, 2012. The attack on a joint Afghan-NATO foot patrol killed at least 14 people, including three U.S. soldiers and an interpreter, officials said.  Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/u-s-troops-11-killed-afghan-suicide-bomber-article-1.1172028#ixzz288PJC8j9

A Haqqani leader suspected of supporting a suicide bombing that killed two U.S. soldiers has been arrested in eastern Afghan province of Logar, the coalition said on Tuesday.

"An Afghan and coalition security force today confirmed the arrest of a Haqqani leader suspected of being behind the Sept. 26 suicide attack that killed two coalition service members in Pul-e- Alam district, Logar province," the coalition or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release.

A Taliban-linked group of militants, the Haqqani network mostly operates in eastern Afghan provinces and capital Kabul, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks including suicide bombings and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) against security forces.

The security force also detained a number of suspected insurgents, and no civilians were harmed during the operation, it said.

The Afghan forces and some 100,000 coalition troops have intensified cleanup operations against Taliban and other militants but the insurgents in retaliation responded by suicide attacks and roadside bombings.

A total of 14 people, including three ISAF soldiers, were killed and more than 50 others injured by a Taliban suicide bomber in eastern Khost province Monday morning.