Combined Forces Kill 11 Insurgents, Detain 15 Suspects

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2011 - Afghan and coalition forces killed 11 insurgents, detained 15 suspected individuals and seized a weapons cache during operations across eastern Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.

In Kunar province's Nari district, three insurgents were killed after they were spotted before a rocket attack against a coalition base. Another three insurgents were killed by airstrikes after they attacked a coalition observation post in the Bar Kunar district. Three more insurgents were killed in the Khost district center of Khost province after they engaged Afghan forces with mortar rounds. Two other insurgents were killed during an airstrike in the Zankhan district of Ghazni province.

Meanwhile, Afghan police detained nine people suspected of throwing an improvised explosive device at a checkpoint in the Khost district center. Three other suspects were detained by Afghan and coalition forces in the Gardez district of Paktia province. Another three suspects were detained by coalition forces in Paktia province's Zurmat district.

Coalition forces in the Gardez district seized a weapons cache containing 150 7.62 mm rounds, an assault rifle and one 82 mm mortar round.

In other Afghanistan operations yesterday:

-- A combined patrol in Uruzgan province's Shahid-E Hasas district killed several insurgents, including an insurgent leader who was responsible for coordinating prison escapes, facilitating IED and suicide-bomb attacks, and supplying lethal aid to insurgents.

-- In the Maiwand district of Kandahar province, a combined patrol seized a weapons cache containing one rocket-propelled grenade, one RPG booster and five 82 mm recoilless rifle rounds.

-- In the Deh Rawud district of Uruzgan province, a combined force seized a weapons cache containing five 107 mm rockets.

-- In the Nahr-E Saraj district of Helmand province, a combined patrol detained an insurgent leader who was a tactical commander responsible for planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. The patrol also seized some small arms.

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