WASHINGTON, July 5, 2012 — An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons supplier in the Chimtal district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province today, military officials reported.
The weapons supplier provided firearms, explosives and improvised explosive devices to Taliban insurgents throughout the region, officials said. At the time of his arrest, he was in the process of acquiring IEDs for upcoming attacks.
The security force also detained another suspected insurgent during the operation, officials said.
Also today, officials confirmed that Taliban leader Nek Mohammad was killed July 1 in the Sar‑e Pul district of Sar‑e Pul province. Mohammad had served as a senior Taliban leader in the region and directed attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Officials also confirmed today that a Taliban leader known as Hamza was killed July 2 in the Ghazni district of Ghazni province. Hamza had managed several Taliban insurgents and coordinated attacks with other Taliban leaders throughout the region.
In operations around Afghanistan today:
— A combined force in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province apprehended a Taliban leader and detained two other insurgents. The detained Taliban leader led an attack cell and coordinated high-profile attacks. At the time of his arrest, he was attempting to acquire suicide vests and more than 110 pounds of explosives.
— A combined force detained a Taliban leader and several other suspects in the Pul‑e Alam district of Logar province. The apprehended Taliban leader was responsible for attacks against coalition security patrols throughout the region and the killing of multiple Afghan soldiers in May.
In operations yesterday:
— A combined force seized more than 40 pounds of opium during a search for a Taliban leader in Kandahar’s Panjwai district.
— A combined force discovered and cleared two IEDs, one in Ghazni province’s Ab Band District and another in the province’s Qarah Bagh district.
— A combined force killed two insurgents and detained three others in Ghazni province’s Dehyak district.
— A combined force killed an insurgent in Khost province’s Qalandar district, and another combined force found and cleared an IED in the province’s Khost district.
— Combined forces found and cleared two IEDs in Paktika province’s Sar Rowzah district and another in the province’s Wazah Kwah district.
— A combined force killed five insurgents and detained a suspect in Paktia province’s Lajah Ahmadkhel district.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases