Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Enemy Fighter in Ghazni

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed an ene­my fight­er and detained sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents yes­ter­day in the Muqer dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

Troops search­ing for a Tal­iban leader respon­si­ble for mul­ti­ple insur­gent attacks in the province’s Gelan dis­trict arrived where the leader was report­ed to be and sig­naled for the occu­pants to come out peace­ful­ly. The insur­gents refused and bran­dished weapons at the troops, result­ing in a shootout that left one insur­gent dead. A teenag­er injured in the shoot­ing was tak­en to a coali­tion med­ical facil­i­ty for treatment. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan: 

— Two insur­gents were injured in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict after a coali­tion airstrike dis­rupt­ed their attempt to traf­fic weapons from a near­by moun­tain chain. Troops were tar­get­ing a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work leader who oper­ates in the area when they spot­ted the weapons traf­fick­ers, who were car­ry­ing rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­ers and oth­er weapons. Offi­cials from NATO’s Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force are inves­ti­gat­ing the inci­dent to con­firm the wound­ed indi­vid­u­als’ iden­ti­ties and con­nec­tion to the Haqqani leader. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Khost province’s Sabari dis­trict. The sus­pects alleged­ly are con­nect­ed to a Haqqani leader who is respon­si­ble for indi­rect-fire and bomb­ing attacks on local secu­ri­ty forces. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban leader, in Nan­garhar province’s Pachir wa Agam dis­trict. Intel­li­gence reports tipped coali­tion forces that the Tal­iban leader was plan­ning an attack on local secu­ri­ty forces. The Tal­iban leader and oth­er sus­pects sur­ren­dered with­out inci­dent. Troops also con­fis­cat­ed and destroyed four rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, mul­ti­ple assault rifles and oth­er assort­ed small-arms weapons and ammunition. 

— In Kan­da­har province’s Pan­jwai dis­trict, Afghan and coali­tion forces cap­tured four sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing two Tal­iban lead­ers. One leader is respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing bomb­ing and indi­rect-fire attacks on local secu­ri­ty forces. The oth­er is con­nect­ed to sev­er­al ter­ror­ist acts in the province. 

— Afghan and coali­tion forces found sev­er­al weapons stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. Oper­a­tions result­ed in the gath­er­ing of more than 700 rounds of small-arms ammu­ni­tion, 42 assort­ed artillery rounds, 21 hand grenades, nine rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, five .50-cal­iber machine gun rounds, three assault rifles, three land mines, 6 pounds of bomb-mak­ing chem­i­cals and var­i­ous bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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