WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 — Combined forces killed two armed insurgents in a gun battle and detained several other suspected insurgents yesterday in the Ab Band district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, military officials reported.
Troops were searching for a Haqqani terrorist network leader who is responsible for leading attacks on security forces in western Paktika and southeastern Ghazni provinces. Security forces already had detained two suspects when they came under attack. Troops returned fire, killing two gunmen, and they eventually detained several others suspected of being Haqqani terrorists, officials said.
In other operations yesterday throughout Afghanistan:
— Security forces detained several suspected insurgents, while searching for a Haqqani network bomb maker in Khost province’s Sabari district.
— Forces found several drug and weapons stockpiles. Operations resulted in seizure of 2,500 pounds of hashish, 400 assault rifle rounds, 37 pressure plates, 12 mortar rounds, five suicide-bomb vests, three assault rifles and assorted bomb-making materials.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases