WASHINGTON, July 14, 2010 — Coalition officials in Afghanistan have released details of recent operations and insurgent attacks.
A combined Afghan-international security force detained a suspected insurgent on the outskirts of Kandahar City in Kandahar province last night while pursuing a Taliban commander known to traffic weapons and assist in bombing attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces. No shots were fired, and the security force protected women and children who were present.
Also last night, a combined force killed a suspected insurgent and detained a number of suspected insurgents in Helmand province while pursuing a Taliban military commander in charge of fighters in parts of Marja and the Nad-e Ali district.
Several individuals attempted to escape as the security force approached a series of compounds in Nad-e Ali district. As the combined security force attempted to apprehend those fleeing, one man was killed when he displayed hostile intent.
On July 13, Afghan and international forces repelled an insurgent attack on an Afghan civil order police headquarters in Kandahar City. Insurgents attacked the headquarters perimeter with a vehicle-borne bomb, followed by small-arms, rocket-propelled-grenade and machine-gun fire. Police and international forces secured the headquarters and prevented insurgents from penetrating the perimeter while additional Afghan and international forces reinforced the headquarters’ defenses and successfully repelled the attack.
Three International Security Assistance Force servicemembers and five civilian workers were killed in the attack.
Several Afghan civilians, including a 4-year-old child, were killed and wounded by insurgent attacks in Helmand and Kandahar provinces yesterday.
Eight civilians were killed and four were wounded by a roadside bomb in Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district. Afghan security forces responded and transported the wounded to an Afghan military facility for treatment.
In another incident in Nad-e Ali, a 4-year-old child died following a roadside-bomb explosion.
Meanwhile, two Afghan civilians were wounded when insurgents attacked them with small-arms fire in their homes in Kandahar’s Zharay district. ISAF forces treated the wounded at a nearby facility and transported one of the wounded to another facility for further care.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases