The International Security Assistance Force confirmed the capture of a Taliban senior leader based in Dand District during an operation Tuesday in Kandahar province.
The target coordinated improvised explosive device attacks and commanded a kidnapping cell targeting Afghan government officials and local nationals supportive of coalition forces.
Based on intelligence reports, the security force targeted a compound in the village of Bur Mohammad in Zharay District to search for the targeted individual. As the joint security force began to clear the targeted compound, multiple grenades were thrown at the security force from a nearby wood line. The security force engaged and killed one insurgent.
After the area was secure, the joint security force conducted initial questioning with the residents at the scene, before detaining the targeted individual along with four of his associates.
The security force protected the women and children throughout the search.
Article by IJC Public Affairs Advisory Team- Regional Command North