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U.S.: Afghan insurgent leader captured

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  • Afghan insurgent leader caught by national police during raid, U.S. military says
  • Leader believed to be responsible for attacks on coalition forces, kidnappings
  • 10 Taliban militants, foreign fighters killed in clashes with coalition forces
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan National Police, backed by U.S.-led coalition forces, detained an insurgent leader during a raid in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, a U.S. military statement said.

The raid took place in Espandi village in Ghazni province based on intelligence information from local officials.

Ahead of the raid, Afghan National Police recovered a video showing the him instructing fighters how to stage attacks, the statement said.

The insurgent leader is believed responsible for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces, along with the kidnappings of humanitarian aid workers.

Also Friday, U.S.-led coalition forces killed 10 Taliban militants and foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military statement said.

The operation in the Zadran District targeted a group known to conduct roadside bombings against coalition and Afghan forces, as well as civilians, according to the military.

Destroyed in the operation was a large cache of rocket propelled grenades, mines and other ordnance, the statement said.

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