Afghanistan – Taliban Commander Killed in Zabul Province


KABUL, Afghanistan (July 11) – An Afghan-international security force killed Malauwi Shahbuddin, a Taliban commander and foreign-fighter facilitator, along with several armed insurgents in Shah Joy district, Zabul province yesterday.

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An Afghan and coalition security force killed Malauwi Shahbuddin, a dual-hatted Taliban commander and foreign fighter facilitator, along with several armed insurgents as they were emplacing an IED in Shah Joy district in northeastern Zabul province yesterday. The insurgents were equipped with machine guns, IED construction materials, RPG launchers with rockets and grenades. Additionally, IED making materials, hand grenades, various small arms, RPG launchers, and multiple RPG rockets along with two motorcycles laden with explosives were found during the subsequent search of the area. The security force destroyed the weapons and motorcycles at the scene.
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The commander was responsible for moving improvised explosive device (IED) material and foreign fighters into Shah Joy district from Pakistan. The security force approached a group of heavily armed insurgents in the process of emplacing an IED in an area in northeast Zabul province. As they attempted to apprehend them, an insurgent detonated a grenade near the security force. The security force engaged and killed the insurgents to include Shahbuddin, and also detained several suspected insurgents.

Upon further inspection, the security force discovered one of the insurgents had attempted to booby trap himself by placing a hand grenade under his body. The booby trap was rendered safe. Machine guns, IED making materials and RPG launchers with rockets and grenades were found with the insurgents. More IED making materials, hand grenades, various small arms, RPG launchers with multiple RPG rockets and two motorcycles laden with explosives were found during a subsequent search of the area. The security force destroyed the weapons and motorcycles at the scene.

No civilians or security forces were injured during this operation.

Press release
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases