Taliban Leader Killed in Afghanistan, Six Suspects Detained
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2007 In operations around Afghanistan over the past two days, coalition forces killed two suspected terrorists and detained six others.
Coalition forces fired precision-guided munitions at a compound in Helmand province today that was housing a high-ranking Taliban commander.
Military officials believe the individual, who is a top military leader in southern Afghanistan, was in the compound at the time of the strike. A battle damage assessment is in progress.
During an operation today at a compound near Orgun-E in Paktika province, coalition and Afghan forces arrested four suspected terrorists after they refused requests for peaceful surrender.
Combined forces shot and killed one suspect who displayed a hostile intent toward troops, military officials said.
In Afghanistan yesterday, national police officers raided a home in the Logar province and detained the homeowner.
The individual had a suicide vest in his possession at the time of the operation. He also had small-arms ammunition and a kilogram of poppy, the plant used to produce illicit drugs.
Officers also detained another individual who is suspected of being an accomplice.
(Compiled from Headquarters International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan news releases.)