ANSF Commandos and Coalition forces capture key IED facilitator

Release No: UNRELEASED Dec. 15, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL


December 13, 2008

Release Number: 20081312-02

ANSF Commandos and Coalition forces capture key IED facilitator

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan National Commandos, assisted by Coalition forces, detained a known IED facilitator during a security patrol on Dec. 11, in Boti Kot, Nangahar Province, approximately 275 km east of Kabul.

While the Commandos and Coalition forces were conducting a routine security patrol in the Boti Kot bazaar, local authorities provided credible information to the ANA Commandos of known anti-afghan forces IED facilitator, Attiqullah, in close proximity to the bazaar.

The information provided to the Commandos led them to a Koochi (nomadic tribesmen) tribe tent-city. The Commandos, with cooperation from Koochi tribal leaders, positively identified Attiqullah. The Commandos then detained him.

After questioning, the Commandos tested Attiqullah for explosives and the results were positive for RDX, a common explosive used in improvised explosive devices. Based on the positive results of their test, the commandos detained the known IED facilitator.

“ANSF continue to improve this country’s security by removing, those people who facilitate the use of IED’s, from our society,” said General Azimi, Chief spokesman of the Afghan Ministry of Defense. “Our ANSF will continue to seek and capture the extremists that hurt the Afghan people.”

During the patrol no shots were fired and no non-combatants were harmed.

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