Numerous insurgents killed during joint operation
An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed numerous insurgents while attempting to detain a senior Taliban leader in Kajaki district, Helmand province, Thursday, Oct. 28.
The target is a senior Taliban leader in the Kajaki district who has actively planned, coordinated and executed improvised explosive device attacks against ANSF and ISAF. He now directs attacks and facilitates financial support to several Taliban groups in Helmand province.
He is also directly linked to senior Taliban leaders in Pakistan who provide direction and financial assistance.
Multiple intelligence sources and tips from citizens led the joint security force to a series of compounds the Taliban leader was suspected to be in. Upon arriving at the target location, the joint security force secured the area and used loudspeakers to conduct a serious of callouts to give the inhabitants an opportunity to exit peacefully.
During the clearance operations, four armed insurgents were killed when they attempted to engage the joint security force. A total of three men, 11 women and 32 children responded to the call-outs and were protected throughout the operation.
The resulting search of the compounds yielded several automatic weapons and 20 kilograms of heroin. Several suspected insurgents were detained during the operation.
The narcotics and weapons were destroyed safely on site. The detainees were taken into custody by Afghan authorities for further questioning.
Article by ISAF Joint Command