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Press Release | March 3, 2009

ANP detain eight militants and prevent IED attack in Ghazni

By None , U.S. Forces - Afghanistan

PRESS RELEASE

Ministry of Interior, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

US Forces Afghanistan

February 28, 2009

Release Number: 20092802-02

ANP detain eight militants and prevent IED attack in Ghazni

Ghazni Province, Afghanistan - A cache of improvised explosive device materials is laid out after being discovered by Afghan National Police in the compound of an IED facilitator in Ghazni district, Ghazni Province, Feb. 28.
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan - A cache of improvised explosive device materials is laid out after being discovered by Afghan National Police in the compound of an IED facilitator in Ghazni district, Ghazni Province, Feb. 28.
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan - A cache of improvised explosive device materials is laid out after being discovered by Afghan National Police in the compound of an IED facilitator in Ghazni district, Ghazni Province, Feb. 28.
Ghazni Province, Afghanistan - A cache of improvised explosive device materials is laid out after being discovered by Afghan National Police in the compound of an IED facilitator in Ghazni district, Ghazni Province, Feb. 28.

KABUL, Afghanistan -Afghan National Police assisted by Coalition forces detained eight militants and prevented an improvised explosive device attack, Feb. 28, in the Ghazni district, in Ghazni Province, approximately 150 km southwest of Kabul.

While conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol, in support of efforts to bring peace and stability to the region, the combined forces observed individuals placing an IED on the road. The combined forces convoy

followed the individuals to a compound in Ghazni City. The ANP conducted a search of the compound, discovering a cache containing IED-making materials, including two remote-control devices, wire and pressure plate materials. Two AK-47 rifles were also discovered. The ANP took eight militants into custody.

The IED placed on the road was safely removed by the combined forces before it could prevent injuries to Afghan civilians, or the combined force.

No ANP, Coalition force or non-combatant casualties were reported.

"The vigilance and expertise of the ANP was key in stopping an insurgent attack today," said Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman, Zemarai Bashary. "The ANP continue to successful remove insurgents and increase the security of Afghanistan."

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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