NATO: Arrests made in deadly north Afghan bombing

June 1, 2011 - 4:12 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says Afghan and coalition troops captured a man they suspect of assisting with a bomb attack that killed two prominent Afghan officials and wounded the German general who commands allied forces in northern Afghanistan.

A NATO statement issued Tuesday said the man and several others were arrested during a night raid Monday in the northern province of Balkh. The coalition said no shots were fired during the operation.

NATO said the man belonged to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has aligned itself with al-Qaida. The group seeks to establish an Islamic state across central Asia.

The bombing Saturday in Takhar province killed Gen. Daud Daud, regional police commander in northern Afghanistan, and the provincial police chief. Two German soldiers also died and German Gen. Markus Kneip was wounded.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — NATO says a service member has been killed following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan.

NATO said in a statement Wednesday that the attack occurred Tuesday, but offered no other details. With this death, 56 NATO service members have been killed in May, including at least 31 Americans.

Southern and eastern Afghanistan are the country's most volatile areas.

The recent violence is part of the Taliban spring offensive, with stepped-up roadside bombings and suicide attacks, as well as insurgent assaults on mountainous or rural outposts.

The effectiveness of the Taliban campaign could affect the size of President Barack Obama's planned drawdown of U.S. troops in July. NATO is to hand over control of security in the country to Afghans by 2014.