Forces Kill Haqqani Terrorist in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2011 — Afghan and coali­tion forces killed four armed insur­gents, includ­ing a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work leader, in Afghanistan’s Khost province yes­ter­day, mil­i­tary offi­cials report­ed.
The ter­ror­ist leader is linked to sev­er­al recent bomb­ing attacks on local secu­ri­ty forces. He was shot and killed in Khost’s Nadir Shah Kot dis­trict after he bran­dished an assault rifle at the troops.

Forces engaged and killed three oth­er insur­gents in self defense, too, after the insur­gents act­ed in a threat­en­ing man­ner toward the troops. Forces also detained 10 sus­pect­ed insur­gents in the oper­a­tion.

In oth­er news yes­ter­day through­out Afghanistan:

— Secu­ri­ty forces detained two sus­pect­ed Tal­iban assas­sins, who alleged­ly were plan­ning to kill Afghan offi­cials in Kan­da­har province’s Kan­da­har dis­trict.

— In Khost’s Sabari dis­trict, troops detained a sus­pect­ed insur­gent, while search­ing for a Haqqani ter­ror­ist net­work leader con­nect­ed to sev­er­al attacks on local secu­ri­ty forces in the area.

— Afghan and coali­tion forces killed numer­ous armed insur­gents in a gun bat­tle in Kunar province’s Dan­gam dis­trict. Troops were con­duct­ing a rou­tine foot patrol when insur­gents opened fire. Troops returned fire and fought off the attack for sev­er­al hours before request­ing close-air sup­port. Avi­a­tion assets arrived on the scene, killing the ene­my fight­ers.

— Forces found sev­er­al weapons and drug stock­piles in oper­a­tions through­out Afghanistan. They seized 4,500 assault rifle rounds, 200 auto­mat­ic machine guns, 12 var­i­ous rock­ets and mor­tars, 11 pounds of met­al shrap­nel, nine assault rifles, three unex­plod­ed ord­nance, three hand grenades and one auto­mat­ic machine gun.

Com­piled from Inter­na­tion­al Secu­ri­ty Assis­tance Force Joint Com­mand News Releas­es

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