An Al-Qaeda associated Taliban leader
was killed along with several other insurgents during an airstrike by
NATO in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday.
NATO-led International Security
Assistance Force following a statement announced, Afghan and coalition
security force conducted an operation in Watahpur district, Kunar
The source further added, during the
operation, the security force conducted a precision airstrike against a
group of insurgents. The strike killed several insurgents including
Mutaqi, an al-Qaida associated Taliban leader in the province.
Mutaqi, also known as Mullah Amir
Muhammad or Malik, was responsible for passing critical information
between the senior al-Qaida associated Taliban leaders in Kunar
province, ISAF said following the statement adding that prior to his
death, Mutaqi was involved in planning suicide bombing attacks in the
region. A post-strike assessment conducted by the Afghan and coalition
security force confirmed no civilians had been harmed and no civilian
property had been damaged during of the operation.
In a separate operation, Afghan and
coalition security force arrested an al-Qaida-associated Taliban
insurgent responsible for coordinating attacks in Gelan district, Ghazni
province, ISAF said.
The arrested attack coordinator assisted
in the movement of al-Qaida fighters throughout the region and
conducted attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. Prior to his
arrest, the Taliban attack coordinator was attempting to acquire
explosives for future attacks. During the operation, the security force
also detained one suspected insurgent and seized bomb-making materials.
ISAF also said, Afghan and coalition
security force arrested the insurgent leader responsible for the
improvised explosive device attack that killed Hanifa Safi, the Afghan
Minister for Female Affairs, in Kabul district, Kabul province on
The IED attack that killed Safi occurred in Mehtar Lam district, Laghman province, July 12.
Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.
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