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An Afghan and coalition combined security force killed several Haqqani Network insurgents during an operation in Zurmat District, Paktiya province, yesterday.

The force was searching for a Haqqani leader, responsible for attacks against Afghan National Security Forces, when it was attacked by several armed insurgents from a nearby compound.

After receiving continuous fire, the force responded to the attack, killing the insurgents. The insurgents were armed with multiple grenades, blasting caps used for explosives, AK-47 assault rifles, and 30 pounds (14 kilograms) of other home-made explosives.

All of these materials were confiscated by the security force following the engagement.

After the incident, local residents informed the security force about the insurgents’ actions in the area. According to the reports, the insurgents forced their way into the compound and demanded the residents give them room and board.

In other International Security Assistance Force news throughout Afghanistan:

South

In Sangin District, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition combined security force detained several suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Taliban leader, yesterday. The leader directs Taliban operations in Kotozay Village, providing support and guidance to insurgent members in Sangin District.

Also in the south, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban facilitator and multiple associates during a security operation in Shah Wali Kot District, Kandahar province.

The facilitator was responsible for transporting rockets and weapons from Tarnak wa Jaldek District into Daman District, and also provided situation reports to Taliban senior leadership.

East

In Khost District, Khost province, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani Network leader and two suspected insurgents during a security search, yesterday.

The leader was involved in roadside bomb and direct action attacks in the area, and also distributed weapons and supplies for attacks.

In Ghazni city, Ghazni province, an Afghan and coalition combined security force detained two suspected insurgents yesterday while searching for a Taliban leader. The leader manages fighters, facilitates roadside bomb operations, and coordinates with other Taliban leaders and facilitators in the area.

Also in the east, an Afghan and coalition combined security force detained multiple suspected insurgents while searching for a Haqqani facilitator in Jani Khel District, Paktiya province. The targeted facilitator participates in direct action attacks, and moves weapons and equipment to high-profile leaders in Khost province.

The security force also confiscated multiple rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds and AK-47 assault rifles during the search.

Finally, a combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin leader and two suspected insurgents during a security operation in Nerkh District, Wardak province, yesterday.

The detained leader was responsible for planning and coordinating several attacks, including roadside bomb attacks, against Afghan National Security Forces in the area.

Article by ISAF Joint Command