Sunday, May 3, 2009

OEF Summary, May 3, 2009: Forces Nab Suspected Taliban Commander

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 3, 2009 -- Afghan forces, with a small element of coalition forces in support, detained a suspected Taliban commander in an operation in Kunar province May 2 to disrupt an improvised explosive device-network in eastern Afghanistan.

In Marawara District, Kunar province, approximately five kilometers east of Asadabad, a combined force detained one individual suspected to be a Taliban commander in Marawara District, responsible for facilitating the movement of IEDs into the area.

Forces did not fire any shots during the operation, protecting eight adults and six children.

Reuters reported that four civilians, including two children, were killed today in a bomb blast in Gereshk district, Helmand province, about 590 km (365 miles) southwest of Kabul, Dawood Ahmadi, spokesman for the governor of Helmand said.

The bomb, which wounded seven others including two policemen, was attached to a motorcycle parked near the provincial government's district office, Ahmadi added.

(Report compiled from a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release and commercial news sources.)

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