Afghanistan — Coalition Captures Suspected Bomber in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces today cap­tured a ter­ror­ism sus­pect in Afghanistan who is linked to sui­cide bomb­ings and oth­er attacks, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.

The man, whom offi­cials did not name, is believed to have led bomb­ing attacks for the Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work, includ­ing attacks against coali­tion bases and a bazaar in Khost province.

A com­bined Afghan-inter­na­tion­al force cap­tured the man and two asso­ciates at a com­pound in Khost’s Ter­ayzai dis­trict this morn­ing after intel­li­gence indi­cat­ed insur­gent activ­i­ty there. The team found auto­mat­ic rifles, pis­tols and a large amount of mon­ey at the com­pound.

In oth­er news from Afghanistan:

— In the Mai­wand dis­trict of Kan­da­har province this morn­ing, a com­bined patrol found an assault rifle and 30 bags of wet opi­um. Afghan author­i­ties detained one per­son in con­nec­tion with the find.

— In Nan­garhar province this morn­ing, an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force explo­sive ord­nance dis­pos­al team respond­ed to an Afghan police report of a bomb made from two 82 mm mor­tars. The EOD team destroyed the device.

— In Kan­da­har last night, a com­bined secu­ri­ty force cap­tured sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents and recov­ered an auto­mat­ic rifle, a frag­men­ta­tion grenade, a shot­gun, blast­ing caps and a large amount of mon­ey.

— In Hel­mand province’s Garm Ser dis­trict yes­ter­day, an Afghan civil­ian led a com­bined patrol to 20 rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, which an EOD team destroyed.

No shots were fired and no Afghan cit­i­zens were harmed dur­ing these oper­a­tions, offi­cials said.

Also, Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces con­tin­ue to help peo­ple cop­ing with flood­ing in the west­ern province of Her­at. Afghan army air corps MI-17 heli­copters deliv­ered enough tents to shel­ter 300 peo­ple.

An Ital­ian aid group pro­vid­ed the 30 frame tents, which U.S. forces trans­port­ed to the Afghan air corps.

Flood­ing caused by heavy rains has left more than 60 peo­ple dead and has destroyed many homes in the area, offi­cials said.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es