An Afghan and coalition security force killed Mustafa, a Taliban leader who commanded a cell of fighters in facilitating and emplacing improvised explosive devices along Afghan public roads, in Paktika province overnight.
Intelligence reports led the security force to a compound southwest of Maspikay in Omnah district to search for the individual. As the security force approached the targeted compound, Mustafa, armed with an AK-47, emerged from the compound and threatened the security force. The security force reacted by shooting and killing him.
After the area was secure, Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, and then the joint security force cleared and secured the compound.
After initial questioning at the scene, the security force detained two suspected insurgents. The assault force also discovered an automatic weapon, rifle and grenade along with multiple magazines at the scene.
Additionally, armed insurgents engaged the security force from a ridgeline near the targeted compound. Coalition forces returned fire, killing two additional insurgents.
The assault force protected the women and children for the duration of the search.
Article by ISAF Joint Command