German and Afghan special forces capture a high-ranking terror suspect

May 7, 2009 –

(BERLIN) According to the German Ministry of Defence, the German ISAF forces, in cooperation with Afghan security forces. carried out during the night of the 6th to the 7th of May a special operation against the offender Abdul Razeq.  The operation took place in the Varduj district near Feyzabad. The target subject was located in a mountainous area approximately 60 km southeast of Feyzabad and arrested at 08:00 CET by Afghan forces.  Abdul Razeq is responsible for an attack on a German military patrol on June 26, 2008, the planning of an attack against ISAF during July 2008, as well as the attack of a convoy of the Governor of the Badakshan province on November 5, 2008, according to the German MoD.  The operation was completed at 10:30 CET.  Razeq is to be transfered to the public prosecutor’s office of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Kabul via Kunduz without delay.  Information on Abdul Razeq had been submitted to the Afghan security authorities in mid April 2009 in order to prevent and minimise further attacks. 

During the operation a German soldier was wounded.  He is currently being treated at the base of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Feyzabad.  His condition is said to be stable.

Dr. Franz Josef Jung, the German Minister of Defence, stated: „The German Special Forces have proven their effectiveness with this successful operation, which was well prepared and led to the capture of a high-ranking terror suspect.”  He further said: “Everyone who attacks our soldiers or those of our allies in Afghanistan, has to know that he will be held to account.” 

Meanwhile, two further attacks on German military patrols occurred on May 7, 2009.  At 16:00 local time, roughly twelve kilometers west of the Kunduz PRT, a patrol consisting of 29 soldiers mounted on Fuchs and Dingo vehicles were attacked with hand guns and RPGs.  Fire was immediately returned and the aggressors pursued.  Also, at 16:36 another patrol was attacked with RPGs from an unknown direction.  The attacks did not produce any casualties with German soldiers or substantial damage to the vehicles.  Nevertheless, the threat by ambushes and especially by RPG fire in Afghanistan appears to be growing.

German Kommando Spezial Kraefte soldiers with their "Serval" Ground Mobility Vehicles in Afghanistan

German Kommando Spezial Kraefte soldiers with Mercedes Ground Mobility Vehicles in Afghanistan

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