Afghan, Coalition Force Kills Taliban Leader

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2011 — A com­bined Afghan and coali­tion patrol killed a Tal­iban leader who opened fire on them in the Tagab dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Kapisa province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The leader is con­sid­ered the main impro­vised explo­sive device facil­i­ta­tor in north­ern Tagab, offi­cials said, and also is respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces through­out Kapisa province. 

An Afghan child was killed and anoth­er was wound­ed dur­ing the engage­ment. The chil­dren were hid­den in the same room as the leader, offi­cials said. 

In oth­er news from Afghanistan yesterday: 

— In Hel­mand province’s Nahr‑e Saraj dis­trict, a com­bined patrol killed sev­er­al insur­gents, includ­ing an insur­gent leader known lethal-aid facil­i­ta­tor who is direct­ly respon­si­ble for orga­niz­ing attacks against Afghan and coali­tion forces. The force also seized and destroyed 99 pounds of refined opi­um, sev­en artillery rounds, small arms and ammunition. 

— A com­bined patrol detained numer­ous insur­gents in Kan­da­har province’s Mai­wand dis­trict and seized and destroyed small arms and ammunition. 

— In Kan­da­har province’s Shah Wali dis­trict, a com­bined patrol killed sev­er­al insur­gents and detained sev­er­al oth­ers after being engaged with rock­et-pro­pelled grenade, machine-gun and small-arms fire. 

— A com­bined patrol detained an insur­gent in Nim­roz province’s Khash Rod dis­trict and seized and destroyed bomb components. 

— In Zab­ul province’s Shah Joy dis­trict, a com­bined patrol detained sev­er­al insur­gents and seized and destroyed a machine gun, two pis­tols and bomb components. 

— A com­bined patrol in Ghazni province’s Gelan dis­trict seized and destroyed four grenades, two fus­es and mor­tar charges. 

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release 

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