Several insurgents killed in Wardak: NATO
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and coalition forces, targeting a Taliban logistics officer, killed several armed insurgents during a joint security operation in central Maidan Wardak province, NATO said on Friday.
The operation Thursday in Nerkh district targeted the Taliban logistics officer who was in direct contact with the Kabul province Taliban leader and the Nerkh district Taliban leader, the alliance said in a statement.
It said recent reporting indicated the man was to receive ammunition from an associate to be used for attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
The joint security force followed intelligence reports to a compound in Nerkh district. The force while clearing the area received gunfire from armed insurgents, the statement said, adding several insurgents were killed when the forces returned fire. Multiple weapons, including a machine gun, AK-47s, grenades, chest racks, blasting caps and ammunition, were recovered from the scene.
While securing the compound, the security forces discovered an Afghan child was wounded. A coalition medical technician provided immediate first aid, it said. Coalition forces evacuated the child, escorted by a family member, to a coalition hospital within minutes of being injured. The child later succumbed to the wound, the statement said.
“Taliban insurgents continue to put the citizens of Afghanistan in harm by hiding in villages where they are not welcome; they open fire on Afghan and coalition forces in populated areas, putting innocent civilians at risk,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Hynes, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director.
“The quick reaction of the security force to provide medical care for this child demonstrates our empathy for the Afghan people,” he said.
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