Troops arrest two plotters of insider attacks
25 September, 2012
KABUL: Afghan and coalition security forces arrested two suspected militants who were involved in plotting insider attack on NATO troops in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan.
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement announced, "Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed today the arrest of two insider attack planners during a security operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, Friday. The detained insurgents were known insider attack – or "green on blue" -, and planned several operations throughout Logar province."
The source further added, "At the time of their arrest, the attack planners were in the advanced stages of preparing for a strike against a coalition base, which included the construction of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), recruitment of insurgent fighters, and the attempted infiltration of Afghan security forces. The security force also detained one suspected insurgent as a result of the operation."
In a separate operation Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban weapons dealer during an operation in Talah wa Barfak district, Baghlan province today, ISAF said following the statement adding that the detained weapons dealer was a senior Taliban leader in the Talah wa Barfak insurgent network and managed the purchase and distribution of rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and explosive materials to attack Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the region.
At the time of his arrest the Taliban weapons dealer was believed to be acquiring additional firearms and explosives for future insurgent attacks.
ISAF also said, one armed insurgent was also killed during the operation. As the security force approached the Taliban weapon dealer's location, an armed insurgent displayed hostile intent towards the Afghan and coalition troops.
The security force positively identified the lethal threat and engaged the armed insurgent, killing him. No civilians were harmed during the operation.