The Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) on Friday arrested a key insurgent leader and two suspected improvised explosive device (IED) facilitators in southern Afghan province of Nangarhar, said a statement from the U.S.-led Coalition force on Sunday.
Acting on credible intelligence, the ANSF conducted a security patrol in Sherzad district in Nangarhar province and searched a compound that served as a suspected insurgent safe-house, the statement said.
During the search, security forces arrested Zabid Zahir, the suspected commander of the Hizb-e-Islami-Gulbuddin militant organization in the area, it said.
Intelligence indicates Zahir has significant ties to weapons and equipment smuggling in western Nangarhar, who is also believed to use the safe-house to facilitate the movement of foreign fighters into the area, it further added.
The ANSF arrested two others suspected to be the IEDs facilitators while searching another compound.
"The arrest of these suspected insurgents will result in a positive change for the western Nangarhar Province," said a Coalition commander.