Haqqani Network leader captured in Paktiya overnight
An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani Network leader who handled the command and control of insurgent attacks during an overnight operation in Paktiya province.
The Haqqani leader is also involved in conducting attacks against coalition force checkpoints.
Intelligence reports led the security force to a remote compound in Zurmat district to search for the targeted individual. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, and then the security force cleared and secured the area.
After initial questioning at the scene, the security force identified and detained the targeted individual along with one of his associates. The security force also discovered and destroyed an automatic weapon along with multiple grenades at the scene.
The assault force did not fire their weapons and they protected the women for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command