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Forces Capture Insurgents, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2010 – Afghan and international forces captured a Taliban subcommander and several other militants last night in operations in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Helmand provinces, military officials said.

In Nangarhar, the combined force searched a compound in a rural area of the Khogyani district after intelligence information indicated militant activity there, and captured a Taliban subcommander involved in kidnappings, weapons purchases and reconnaissance of coalition forces.

The security force also detained another insurgent after he and another man approached the force. One of the armed men was killed after he rushed the force, ignoring demands to surrender, and pointed a weapon at them. The other insurgent surrendered.

Also last night:

-- A combined force captured several suspected insurgents in Marja, Helmand province, after searching a compound where intelligence indicated militant activity.

-- An international patrol found a weapons cache in Helmand’s Nad-e Ali district. The cache contained six 66 mm rockets, seven 40 mm rounds and an unidentified warhead. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the cache.

-- An international patrol in the Qalat district of Zabul province found two Chinese-made 107 mm rockets. An EOD team rendered the rockets safe and transported them to a base for destruction.

-- A combined force in the Sayyidabad district of Wardak province found and destroyed a cache containing a mortar round, six recoilless rifle rounds and two armor-piercing rounds.

No Afghan civilians were harmed in the operations, officials said.

(Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news releases.)

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