Afghanistan — Afghan, International Forces Detain Insurgent Suspects

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 27, 2010 — Com­bined Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty forces detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents in east­ern and south­ern Afghanistan in recent oper­a­tions, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

A com­bined team was search­ing a series of build­ings in the Zharay dis­trict of Kan­da­har province when sev­er­al sus­pects fled the area. They were quick­ly and safe­ly appre­hend­ed.

Anoth­er com­bined force detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent in Khost province last night while search­ing a com­pound in the Sabari dis­trict.

In anoth­er oper­a­tion, an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force patrol detained sev­er­al men in three loca­tions in Hel­mand province’s Nad‑e Ali dis­trict yes­ter­day. They are sus­pect­ed of arm­ing the insur­gency and car­ry­ing out road­side-bomb attacks in the area.

Also yes­ter­day, a com­bined patrol found a weapons cache in the Arghandab dis­trict of Kan­da­har province. The cache con­tained two rock­et-pro­pelled-grenade launch­ers, 17 blast­ing caps, a propane tank, numer­ous assault rifle rounds, an instruc­tion book on how to make impro­vised explo­sive devices and oth­er bomb-mak­ing com­po­nents.

No shots were fired and no civil­ians were harmed dur­ing the oper­a­tions, offi­cials said.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release