Taliban weapons' dealer killed
26 September, 2012
KABUL: An Afghan-coalition security force killed a Taliban weapons dealer and destroyed his cache of illegal arms during an operation in the Omnah district of southeastern Paktika province, the alliance said on Tuesday.
A NATO statement said Hizbullah, the weapons dealer, and one other armed insurgent maneuvered on the joint troops on approaching Hizbullah's compound.
The security force engaged the two and killed them, the statement said, claiming Hizbullah acquired firearms, ammunition and explosives and provided them to the Taliban under his command, enabling them to conduct attacks against security forces throughout the region.
Prior to his death, Hizbullah was also believed to have been attempting to acquire a heavy machine gun and additional equipment for future insurgent attacks, it said.
Several assault rifles, multiple rocket-propelled grenades, an RPG launcher, fragmentation grenades and ammunition were seized during the operation.
Meanwhile, another Afghan-coalition security force arrested a Taliban cell leader in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province.
Elsewhere, an ISAF patrol seized 520 kilograms (1,150 pounds) of opium during an air interdiction operation in Reg-i-Khan Neshin district of southern Helmand province.