Taliban leader behind attack on NATO base in Afghanistan arrested

Updated: 2012-09-18 15:16:00


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KABUL, September 18 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban leader suspected of supporting a massive attack on a major NATO-led coalition base was detained in southern Afghan province of Helmand on Tuesday.  

"In Nad Ali district, Helmand province, today, an Afghan and coalition security force arrested one of the Taliban leaders behind Friday's Camp Bastion attack," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

A group of Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the base in Helmand late on Friday, leaving two U.S. Marines and 14 Taliban dead.

"The Taliban leader is suspected to have provided support to the insurgents whose attack killed two ISAF service members and caused damage to multiple aircraft. ISAF forces killed all but one of the attacking insurgents, who was wounded and currently in ISAF custody," the statement said.  

The security force also detained two suspected insurgents as a result of this operation, it added.

Taliban claimed that they carried out the attack in retaliation for an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. recently and that the raid was also aimed at hunting down British Prince Harry, who arrived at Camp Bastion earlier this month, starting his four-month military service as an Apache helicopter pilot.

Earlier Tuesday, 12 people, including eight foreigners, were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a minibus carrying staff members of an airline agency near Kabul airport.