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Press Release | Feb. 15, 2009

ANP-led force detain suspected IED facilitator in Helmand Province

By None , U.S. Forces - Afghanistan

Joint Press Release

February 16, 2009

Release Number: 20091602-01

ANP-led force detain suspected IED facilitator in Helmand Province

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police and Coalition forces detained a suspected improvised explosive device facilitator, Feb. 15, while conducting a search of a compound in the Gereshk district of Helmand Province, which is approximately 115 km northeast of Kandahar.

The detained individual is suspected of distributing IED-making materials to insurgent commanders throughout the Gereshk district and surrounding areas.

During the search the combined force discovered a bag of IED-making materials.

"The ANP force will continue working with Coalition forces to bring security to the Afghan people," said Zemarai Bashary, the spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior. "The ANP, as one of the most visible extensions of our government, are part of the foundation of security and the bridge to a better future for the people of Afghanistan."

No ANP, Coalition forces or civilian casualties were reported during this operation.

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Contact information:

  • 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