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Senior Taliban leader killed in Wardak province: ISAF

By Meena Haseeb - Wed Jun 05 2013, 12:00 pm

Taliban behind Wardak bombingA senior Taliban leader was killed during a joint military operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) following a statement announced, “Afghan and coalition security force killed a senior Taliban leader, Obaidullah Jan, and two other extremists during an operation in Sayyidabad district, Wardak province, yesterday.

Jan had operational control of a group of fighters responsible for conducting numerous ambushes and other attacks against Afghan and coalition fighters. He also facilitated the movement of weapons and military equipment to local Taliban cells and was involved in the construction and emplacement of improvised explosive devices.”

The statement further added, “An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and one other extremist during an operation in Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, today. The facilitator is responsible for procuring weapons and military equipment for use in attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
He also assists in the coordination and execution of those attacks and maintains several weapons caches. During the operation, a group of extremists set up a fighting position against the security force. The force engaged the insurgents, killing three. The security force also seized one AK-47 and two AK-47 magazines as a result of the operation.”

In a separate operation Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and three other extremists during an operation in Zharay district, Kandahar province, today, ISAF said adding that the facilitator procures bomb-making material, constructs improvised explosive devices and emplaces completed IEDs in Zharay district, targeting Afghan and coalition forces. He also serves as a financier for local Taliban cells.

More than 600 members of the Afghan National Security Force gathered in Laghman Province on Monday to execute a clearing operation in the areas surrounding Nawrah and Hakimabad villages to identify and neutralize improvised explosive devices planted by enemies of Afghanistan.

Members of the Provincial Response Company, National Directorate of Security, Afghan Local Police, Afghan National Army, Afghan Uniform Police and Investigative Surveillance Unit, supported by the Provincial Chief of Police and coalition advisers, all participated in the operation which uncovered 12 IEDs that were immediately neutralized by the ANSF. The ANSF effort is to disrupt the extremist’s ability to threaten the local populace and inflict harm to the residents.

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