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Afghan Haqqani Leader Shot Dead In Joint Operation

4/25/2012 7:23 AM ET

A leader of the Haqqani terror network who organized roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces in South-East Afghanistan was killed in an encounter with the security forces on Wednesday.

Identified as only Namat, he was killed in a retaliatory shot when he and several of his associates opened fire on the troops in an Afghan-led joint operation in search of him in Nadir Shah Kot district, Khost province, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command said in an operational update.

Namat was armed with an AK-47, a pistol and multiple grenades. Several Haqqani insurgents were also detained in the operation.

Also on Wednesday, security forces detained multiple suspected Taliban insurgents and seized an AK-47, multiple grenades, explosive materials, and more than 150 pounds of opium in an operation in Washer district, Helmand province.

Combined Afghan and coalition security forces discovered a weapons cache during routine patrol in Zharay district of the same province. Another joint operation in Maiwand district, Kandahar province, resulted in the arrest of suspected insurgents.

A Haqqani facilitator, who provided roadside bombs to insurgents for attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces, was captured during an operation in Nadir Shah Kot district of the eastern province of Khost.

Several suspected insurgents were detained in separate operations in Qarah Bagh district, Ghazni province, and in Muhammad Aghah district, Logar province, on Wednesday.

by RTT Staff Writer

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