Troops Kill Terror Group's Senior Leader in Afghanistan

From an International Security Assistance Force News Release

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2012 - An Afghan special unit and coalition troops killed the senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in Afghanistan during a March 26 operation in the Shirin Tagab district of Faryab province, military officials reported.

During the operation, insurgents fired on the security force. The force returned fire, killing Makhdum Nusrat and several other insurgents, officials said.

Two other insurgents were detained, and the force seized a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, several rockets, and several assault rifles and grenades.

Makhdum led attacks against Afghan and coalition troops throughout the northern provinces for the last eight months and was plotting the assassination of an Afghan parliament member in the Afghan capital of Kabul, officials said.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is a terrorist organization closely linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban. It conducts insurgent attacks in the northern region of Afghanistan, as well as in other Central Asian countries.

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