9 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-695

ISAF, ANSF kill Taliban commander in targeted operation

KABUL, Afghanistan — It has been confirmed this morning that a Taliban commander was killed by ISAF and ANSF forces during a targeted operation in Pol-e Alam district, Logar province overnight.

Muhammed Bobi was killed as a result of a successful joint operation by ANSF and ISAF forces. Bobi was a Taliban Commander who had facilitated suicide bombings against local civilians, ANSF and ISAF troops. He also had a history of involvement in the torture and kidnapping of local civilians and was linked to numerous crimes in the area.

During the joint operation, Bobi was given the option to surrender peacefully, but instead attempted to attack ANSF members.  Fortunately, no civilian casualties resulted from his last act of violence. Joint forces ensured that they responded with the minimum force necessary.

Brigadier General Richard Blanchette, ISAF Spokesperson, said “The death of Muhammed Bobi shows the people of Afghanistan, and most significantly, Logar province, that the ANSF are able to provide the security and stability needed in this country.  Bobi’s death will have a significant effect on the Taliban’s ability to conduct operations in the province.

“Bobi continually showed his disregard for innocent Afghans by torturing, kidnapping and endangering Afghan lives.  He was interested only in himself, not in the future of the people of Afghanistan.”

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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