Afghan and coalition forces detained several individuals yesterday in two operations conducted in Kandahar and Helmand provinces.
The joint security team detained several suspects without incident in the Zharay district, while targeting an individual who may be connected to the fatal suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack which killed six International Security Assistance Force servicemembers yesterday.
The targeted individual not only coordinates attacks, but also acquires and supplies weapons to include IED's and rockets throughout central Kandahar.
Afghan and coalition forces also detained several suspects in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.
The joint security team detained the suspects while targeting a key facilitator for the Nawah-ye Barakzai district during an operation to hinder Taliban IED networks.
The facilitator is involved with transferring weapons and IED materials to operational groups. He also facilitates weapons from which Taliban associates conduct complex ambushes on coalition forces’ convoys.
Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call occupants out of the targeted buildings before conducting their searches. The security team detained the individuals without incident based on initial questioning at the scene.
The joint security team conducted the operations in the hours of darkness to minimize the risk to local citizens. No women or children were injured or detained during these operations. The security forces conducted the operations without firing their weapons.
Article by ISAF Joint Command