Sun Aug 05, 11:04 am
Afghan and coalition officials confirmed
today that Mufti Assad, also known as Mufti Punjabi, Abdul Qudus and
Sufyan, the al-Qaida network leader for Kunar province, was killed in a
precision airstrike in Watahpur district, Kunar province, Friday.
NATO-led International Security
Assistance Force following a statement on Sunday announced, Assad was an
insurgent leader who controlled al-Qaida terrorists operating in Kunar.
He led dozens of all-Qaida affiliated fighters throughout eastern
Afghanistan and coordinated their attacks across the region.
The source further added, Assad was also
an explosives expert who provided training to insurgents on how to
construct and use improvised explosive devices.
Afghan and coalition officials also
confirmed Yusuf, Assad’s al-Qaida network deputy, was killed in the
precision airstrike. Yusuf, also known as Omar and Rayhman, was an IED
expert who directed insurgent attacks across eastern Afghanistan.
The strike did not injure any civilians or damage civilian property.
In a separate operation, The National
Directorate of Security, supported by coalition forces, arrested Mullah
Shah Wali and Mullah Zadar during separate operations in Uruzgan
province, ISAF said following the statement adding that both men were
Taliban leaders in the province. Wali controlled more than two dozen
insurgents, and was a key member of the improvised explosive device
supply and facilitation network in the Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan
province. He also led several attacks against Afghan National Police
checkpoints throughout western Uruzgan. Zadar led a group of more than
two dozen insurgents who are responsible for attacks against Afghan
National Security Force checkpoints in the Deh Rafshan area of Uruzgan
ISAF also said Afghan and coalition
officials confirmed today that the al-Qaida facilitator Fatah Gul was
killed in a precision airstrike conducted during a second security
operation in Watahpur district, Kunar province, Friday. Fatah Gul, also
known as Inzir and Shahid, provided safe haven to al-Qaida affiliated
terrorists operating in eastern Afghanistan. He also ran terrorist
training camps where insurgents learned how to conduct improvised
explosive devices attacks.
Anti-government armed militant groups yet to comment regarding the reports.
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