Afghan-led Force Detains Insurgent Leader

Compiled from International Security Assistance Force Joint Command News Releases

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2012 - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group leader in the Iman Sahib district of Afghanistan's Kunduz province today, military officials reported.

Officials said the insurgent leader planned and conducted suicide attacks against Afghan and coalition troops and is suspected in a plot to assassinate a senior Afghan government official.

The security force also detained two other insurgents and seized an assault rifle and ammunition.

In other Afghanistan operations today:

-- A combined force detained a Taliban leader and one additional insurgent in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province. The leader coordinated roadside bombings, suicide attacks and other operations against Afghan and coalition forces. He also supplied weapons and ammunition to insurgents.

-- A combined force detained a Haqqani network facilitator as well as several additional insurgents and destroyed weapons and explosive materials in the Nerkh district of Wardak province. The facilitator provides weapons, explosive devices and funds to insurgents.

In operations yesterday:

-- After receiving enemy small-arms fire, Afghan National Police killed three insurgents in Logar province's Pul-e Alam district.

-- A coalition airstrike killed two insurgents in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province after Afghan soldiers and coalition troops received enemy small-arms fire.

-- Afghan soldiers killed an insurgent in response to enemy small-arms fire in Wardak province's Chak district.

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