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Afghan Uniformed Police rescue kidnapped men; kill, capture insurgents

 

Written by 1st Lt. R. J. Peek Company D, 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment

187th Infantry Regiment - Iron RakkasansFort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division PatchPaktika Province, Afghanistan – The Afghan Uniformed Police in Sharana distinct demonstrated their abilities and dedication to protect the Afghan people by rescuing two hostages taken by insurgents August 11th.

Insurgent fighters were operating an illegal checkpoint along a heavily travelled road in the western district of Sharana, where they forced a local taxicab behind a building, hijacked the cab and kidnapped the two men inside.

Two AUP patrolling the area witnessed the hijacking and immediately took action to stop the insurgents and rescue the kidnapped men.

Afghan Uniformed Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Iron conduct a dismounted patrol in rural Paktika province. AUP in Paktika have recently stepped up their efforts in community policing, and have increased security in most districts in the province.  (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, 982nd Combat Camera)

Afghan Uniformed Police and U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Iron conduct a dismounted patrol in rural Paktika province. AUP in Paktika have recently stepped up their efforts in community policing, and have increased security in most districts in the province. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jeffrey Alexander, 982nd Combat Camera)

Their quick actions resulted in the men being rescued. One insurgent was killed and one was captured in the skirmish.

“I was very proud of our two policemen who made a stand against six insurgents and came out the victors,” said Brig. Gen. Dawlat Khan, commander of the AUP. “I was impressed with their courage and their devotion to duty.”

Other AUP came to reinforce their two fellow police officers and searched the area for evidence. They found one AK-47, 12 magazines of ammunition, a chest-rack system and a cell phone. The evidence, as well as the captured insurgent, were turned over to the National Directorate of Security for processing.

Asad, who uses one name, the team leader for the Afghan Uniform Police's Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team detachment located on Forward Operating Base Sharana, practices radio standard operating procedures.(Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester)“We are proud to see the AUP acting independently and accomplishing such great things,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Vance Gonzales from Weddington, NC, executive officer, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment. “When they respond with such courage, it’s a testament to the training that they have received and the progress they have made.”

One AUP officer was killed during an exchange of gunfire in the rescue effort, said Dawalt Khan.

“He died honorably during the Ramadan holiday,” said Ajil Khan, Paktika AUP and the fallen policeman’s squad leader. “He gave his life to save two of his Muslim brothers. His deed is great and will be emulated by others.”


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