Afghanistan/ISAF — Security Force Captures Haqqani Bomb Facilitator

KABUL, Afghanistan, July 8, 2010 — An Afghan-inter­na­tion­al secu­ri­ty force cap­tured a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work facil­i­ta­tor for bomb com­po­nents and sev­er­al oth­er sus­pect­ed insur­gents in Afghanistan’s Khost province last night.

The com­bined force detained the insur­gents, one of whom iden­ti­fied him­self as the tar­get­ed facil­i­ta­tor, while search­ing a com­pound near the vil­lage of Khva­jeh Moham­mad Kala in Khost’s Ter­ayzai dis­trict.

The secu­ri­ty force found mul­ti­ple auto­mat­ic weapons, ammu­ni­tion and grenades on the scene. No shots were fired, and the secu­ri­ty force pro­tect­ed women and chil­dren who were present.

This is the third recent suc­cess­ful oper­a­tion against this insur­gent cell, offi­cials said. Afghan and inter­na­tion­al forces killed Wahidul­lah, a Haqqani net­work com­man­der and bomb spe­cial­ist who was part of the cap­tured facilitator’s cell May 13. A com­bined force also cap­tured five of the facilitator’s asso­ciates, includ­ing his direct sub­or­di­nate June 24.

From an Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Release