Joint Press Release
February 2, 2009
Release Number: 20090202-01
Together Afghan National Police and Coalition Forces rescue a captive in Khowst
In Khowst province an Afghan National Police officer rescues an Afghan held captive by criminals with suspected ties to the Haqqani network Feb 2.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police and Coalition Forces rescued a man held against his will and detained his captors in Khowst province, Feb. 1.
The combined force rescued one Afghan man held captive and detained three militants in a complex operation in Sabari district, located approximately 130 km southeast of Kabul City. The combined force conducted multiple raids and detained the militants who are connected to an IED cell operating in Sabari district. They are known to be involved in trafficking weapons and persons from Pakistan, attacking Coalition convoys and destroying Afghan infrastructure.
The captive was evaluated by a medical team to determine the extent of any injuries he may have sustained during his captivity. He was in fair condition.
This operation was conducted without incident. No shots were fired, no civilians were injured and no property was damaged.
"The success of this operation results from the close cooperation of the Afghan National Police and Coalition Forces," said Zemarai Bashary, Ministry of Interior spokesperson. "The combined forces will continue to successfully execute operations that tear down militant networks, while protecting innocent civilians."
Ministry of Interior, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Directorate of Media and Public Relations, office telephone: 93 (0) 220 1758
US Forces Afghanistan Public Affairs, office telephone: 93 (0) 799 51 2919