Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Kunduz Province

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed two armed insur­gents and detained at least 10 oth­ers yes­ter­day dur­ing clear­ing oper­a­tions in the Imam Sahib dis­trict of Afghanistan’s Kun­duz province.
Troops were search­ing for a Tal­iban weapons expert, who spe­cial­izes in mak­ing explo­sive devices and sui­cide vests. He is also linked to a Feb­ru­ary sui­cide bomb­ing in the dis­trict and to Tal­iban lead­er­ship in Pak­istan and in Afghanistan’s War­dak and Kab­ul provinces.

Sev­er­al insur­gents were detained at the first com­pound with­out inci­dent, but troops encoun­tered gun­fire at their sec­ond tar­get as their search for the weapons expert con­tin­ued. Troops returned fire, killing the insur­gents. Secu­ri­ty forces also con­fis­cat­ed a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade with six war­heads, an assault rifle, a shot­gun, an auto­mat­ic machine gun and asso­ci­at­ed ammunition. 

In oth­er oper­a­tions yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan 

— A com­bined patrol detained sev­er­al sus­pect­ed insur­gents, includ­ing a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er, in Kan­da­har province’s Kan­da­har City. 

— In a sep­a­rate oper­a­tion in Kan­da­har City, troops cap­tured a Tal­iban weapons traf­fick­er who acquired bomb-mak­ing mate­ri­als from Pak­istan for dis­tri­b­u­tion through­out Kan­da­har province. 

— In Pak­ti­ka province’s Orgun dis­trict, Afghan and coali­tion forces detained a senior Haqqani net­work ter­ror­ist fundrais­er linked to sev­er­al sui­cide bomb­ings and oth­er attacks on secu­ri­ty forces. 

— Secu­ri­ty forces found sev­er­al weapons and drug stock­piles through­out Afghanistan. The oper­a­tions result­ed in seizure of 3,100 pounds of mar­i­jua­na, 500 assault-rifle rounds, 40 pres­sure plates, 12 mor­tar rounds, nine rock­et-pro­pelled grenades, four hand grenades, two assault rifles, two explo­sive devices, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade launch­er, a rock­et-pro­pelled grenade boost­er, a pis­tol and assort­ed bomb-mak­ing materials. 

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releases 

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