Ten suspected Talibanis held in Kandahar
They were taken by Canadian forces to a coalition air base in Kandahar and handed over to Afghan police.india Updated: May 12, 2006 18:36 IST
Canadian forces have arrested 10 suspected Taliban during a raid in southern Afghanistan and handed them over to Afghan authorities, the Canadian military said on Friday.
The men were arrested in southern Kandahar province on May 8 in an area where four Canadian soldiers were killed in a bomb blast last month.
They were rounded up in a village in a strike launched after tip-off and were suspected of being "Taliban or their sympathisers", a Canadian military spokesman said on condition of anonymity.
The men were captured not far from a Canadian army base in Gumbad. A large sum of Pakistani money was discovered on them and they were "equipped to carry out military operations," the spokesman said.
They were taken to a coalition air base in the main southern city of Kandahar and eventually handed over to Afghan police.
The Canadian military has about 2,300 soldiers in Kandahar province, one of the areas were Taliban insurgents are most active.
It is the birthplace of the Taliban movement that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when they were overthrown by a coalition led by the United States.