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Afghan, NATO Forces Capture Militant Dressed as Woman

More and more male militants are dressing as women to escape capture from security forces in Afghanistan.

NATO says in the latest instance, an Afghan and coalition force detained a senior militant leader who attempted to disguise himself as a female wearing a burqa (a full-body covering worn by some Muslim women).

The coalition says the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader was taken into custody during an operation late Monday in the eastern province of Kunduz.  NATO says the militant commander was responsible for planning attacks, including suicide bombings, against Afghan security forces.

NATO says in the last two months, there have been several instances of targeted males wearing burqas in order to elude capture by Afghan-led forces.

In southern Afghanistan, authorities say a roadside bomb killed two women and wounded a child in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province on Tuesday.

Also in the south, NATO says separate insurgent attacks killed two of its service members on Tuesday.  A bomb attack killed a coalition soldier the day before.

NATO says it is also investigating the cause of a drone crash in the country's east.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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