Afghan blast kills two US soldiers

A roadside bomb has exploded in southern Afghanistan, killing two US soldiers and wounding two others.

    The US soliders were supporting a construction team

    The soldiers were travelling in an armoured vehicle north of the city of Kandahar, part of a convoy supporting a road construction project.

    The two wounded soldiers were evacuated to Kandahar Airfield for medical treatment. Both were in stable condition, the US military said in a statement.

    Taliban leader captured 

    Meanwhile, Pakistani officials announced on Thursday that a purported senior figure in the Taliban militia had been captured near the border with Afghanistan. 

    An intelligence official said Ustad Mohammed Yasir was arrested last week along with another man near the northwestern town of Nowshera.

    Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao confirmed the arrest but did not give any details.

    Yasir had been a spokesman for fugitive Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar after the ouster of the hardline government in late 2001. 

    Pakistan was a main supporter of the Taliban government until it joined the US led war on terrorism after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.

    Afghan officials accuse Pakistan of still harbouring Taliban fighters on its soil.

    SOURCE: Unspecified


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.