22 Feb. 2009
PR# 2009-175

Insurgent leader killed in ISAF operation in Kandahar Province

KABUL, Afghanistan - It has been confirmed that an insurgent leader was killed during an Afghan National Security Forces-led operation near Ghoresh, in Kandahar Province earlier this week.

The operation, supported by ISAF forces, was to apprehend the insurgent Mullah Mahmood.  Mahmood facilitated and directed the placement of Improvised Explosive Devices within Kandahar Province, risking the lives of  Afghan civilians, as well as Afghan National Security Forces and ISAF troops. He also had a known history of manipulating Afghans into becoming suicide bombers and was linked to numerous crimes in the area.

During the operation, Mahmood was given the option to surrender peacefully, but instead attempted to attack security forces and was killed. Fortunately, no civilian casualties resulted from his last act of violence.

Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette, ISAF Spokesperson, said: “The success of this operation shows the people of Afghanistan, and more precisely within Kandahar Province, that security and stability is of the utmost importance to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.”

“With Mahmood no longer operating in the area, the Insurgents’ ability to conduct operations will be significantly degraded in Kandahar province. The most important outcome from this operation is the benefit to the Afghan people.  Their safety has improved as Mahmood’s blatant disregard for the lives of innocent civilians has been brought to an end.”

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