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1st SOK Commandos Detain 12 Insurgents, Recover Eeapons Cache In Nangarhar

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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Afghan National Army Commandos of the 1st Special Operations Kandak conducted a large scale clearing operation in which they detained 12 insurgents and recovered a weapons cache in Bati Kot District, Nangarhar Province.
The Commandos are an elite group that conducts high-risk counterinsurgency operations in remote areas known to be enemy strongholds. During this operation, they entered Bati Kot District in search of key Taliban commanders.
Insurgents attempted to attack the Commandos as they conducted a search of a local village. The Commandos effectively engaged the insurgents, foiling their ambush. Unable to launch a successful attack, the enemy fighters retreated from the area.
After the engagement, the Commandos recovered a weapons cache consisting of 40 AK47s and 10 machine guns. The 1st SOK also detained 12 insurgents.
“I appreciate the Commando’s continuous and dedicated efforts to enable stability in our district.  Each time, their operations make it easier for our police to secure the districts more effectively and help increase the security of the entire province,” said Nangarhar Provincial Governor Gul Agha Sherzai. “Now that Commando operations have driven the insurgents from our villages, it is important that we maintain this security. Afghanistan has to be strong like a mountain, especially against the enemies in this region if we want peace.”

The insurgents are in the custody of the National Directorate of Security.

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