News: Haqqani Network leaders killed during overnight operation in Paktiya
KABUL, Afghanistan –– An Afghan and coalition security force killed Zubair, a Haqqani Network facilitator responsible for the movement of weapons and improvised explosive device materials for distribution to foreign fighters and Haqqani networks in the area, during an overnight operation in Paktiya province Saturday.
Additionally, Shabudin and Ibrahim, both Haqqani Network senior leaders in the area, were also among those killed during the operation.
Intelligence tips led the security force to a remote compound in Dzadran district to search for the facilitator. As the security force approached the area, they encountered several armed insurgents in established fighting positions. The security force killed more than five throughout the operation.
The security force could not assess all the engagement areas, but rocket-propelled grenades were among the weapons used by the insurgents. Intelligence reports later confirmed the death of the three Haqqani leaders.
“We will continue to target Haqqani leadership and fighters as we work with our Afghan partners to bring security to the region,” said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director.
Once the area was secure, Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully, and then the security force cleared the compound. After initial questioning at the scene, the security force detained several suspected insurgents.
The assault protected the women and children for the duration of the search.