Thursday, October 8, 2009

OEF Update, Oct. 8, 2009: Afghan-International Security Forces Kill, Detain Militants; ISAF Casualty; Kabul Explosion

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 8, 2009 -- Afghan and International security forces killed an enemy militant and detained several suspected militants in operations in Zabul and Kandahar provinces today.

A joint security force searched a compound in Qalat district, Zabul province known to be used by a Taliban commander and his element responsible for several attacks against Afghan civilians and infrastructure in the region.

During the search the joint force shot and killed an enemy militant armed with an AK-47 rifle and chest rack before he engaged the force. The joint force completed the search and detained several suspected militants.

In a separate search in Kandahar City, a joint security force detained a suspected militant who immediately surrendered and identified himself as a Taliban facilitator responsible for supplying improvised explosive devices used against Afghan civilians and infrastructure in the region. No shots were fired.

No Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations.

ISAF Casualty

One International Security Assistance Force member died of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device attack Oct. 7, in western Afghanistan. The Spanish Ministry of Defense has confirmed that the service member was from Spain.

Kabul Explosion

ISAF understands that there was a large explosion this morning near the Afghan Ministry of Interior and Indian Embassy in Kabul. No ISAF personnel were involved in this attack.

(Compiled from NATO International Security Assistance Force news releases.)

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