Coalition forces capture Haqqani leader in Khost overnight

Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani leader operating in Sabari and Khost districts of Khost province overnight.

The targeted individual commanded his group in conducting improvised explosive device and direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

Intelligence reports led the security force to a compound in Ya’Qubi in Sabari district. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call for all occupants to exit the compound peacefully before the joint security force cleared and secured the buildings.

Initial questioning at the scene helped identify the targeted individual, who was detained along with two of his associates. The assault force also discovered multiple automatic weapons at the scene.

The assault force did not fire their weapons and they protected the women and children for the duration of the search.