High-level Hezb-e Islamic Gulbuddin leaders captured in Parwan, Khost
Afghan and coalition forces detained two Hezb-e Islamic Gulbuddin, or HIG, leaders in separate operations in eastern Afghanistan yesterday.
In Charikar District, Parwan province, Afghan and coalition forces detained the media emir for the HIG insurgent group along with another insurgent leader during a security operation.
The HIG insurgent was a Kabul-based media emir. He had ties to Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan officials and insurgents who operate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Taliban media insurgents and improvised explosive device networks in the country. He was involved in at least two suicide bombings on Nov. 12, 2010 and Jan. 28 in Kabul City. The most recent attack was at a market in Wazir Akbar Khana area killing eight people and wounding six others.
Security forces followed leads to a targeted location in the district, where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit out of the buildings peacefully before conducting a search. The HIG insurgent identified himself as the targeted insurgent and was detained.
A villager informed the security force another HIG insurgent leader was also in close proximity to the location. The security force went to the second compound where the second insurgent leader was detained.
He was responsible for facilitating IED manufacturing and emplacement for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Kabul and Parwan provinces. He also led attacks against Afghan and coalition forces at Bagram Airfield.
In Sabari District, Khost province, a HIG leader along with two suspected insurgents was detained during a security operation.
The leader operated in the district where he was responsible for leading approximately 50 fighters and facilitators for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. He was in direct contact with other HIG insurgents in the area. Recent reporting indicates he provided grenades, detonators and weapons to anti-coalition forces in the area.
Security forces followed leads to a targeted building where Afghan forces called for all occupants to exit peacefully before conducting a search. The HIG leader and two suspected insurgents were detained based on initial questioning at the scene. Multiple AK-47s, multiple rocket propelled grenades rounds, a pistol and ammunition was recovered by the security force.
Article by ISAF Joint Command