WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 – Afghan and coalition forces killed eight enemy fighters and detained several others yesterday in operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.
— A coalition air weapons team in Helmand province’s Sangin district killed five insurgents after spotting the men with a bomb detonator and an automatic machine gun mounted on their truck.
— Security forces killed two insurgents linked to a senior Taliban weapons smuggler during a shootout in Zabul province’s Shamulazai district. Troops opened fire on the insurgents after one brandished a weapon and the other appeared to attempt to detonate a suicide vest.
— Forces killed an armed insurgent and detained several others, including a Taliban leader responsible for distributing materials used for building car bombs, in Kandahar province’s Kandahar City.
— Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents, including a Haqqani network weapons trafficker, in Khost province’s Sabari district. The Haqqani terrorist also reportedly is responsible for finance, media and logistical support for the Sabari district Haqqani network.
— Forces detained several suspected insurgents, while searching for a Taliban leader linked to several attacks on security forces, in Logar province’s Charkh district.
In March 8 operations:
— Afghan and coalition forces killed two enemy fighters after insurgents ambushed the combined patrol in Kandahar province’s Shah Wali district.
— Security forces killed one insurgent and detained two others in an operation geared toward disrupting an insurgent leader’s ability to plan and execute attacks in Nimroz province’s Khash Rod district.
— Security forces found two weapon stockpiles in southern Afghanistan. Operations resulted in seizure of more than 200 assault rifle rounds, six mortars, five rocket-propelled grenade boosters, four assault rifles, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and assorted bomb-making materials.
Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases
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