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Afghan forces rescue kidnapped police officer in Logar

This news story was published on January 21, 2014.
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LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan National Security Forces rescued a kidnapped police officer Jan. 19 reuniting a father and his son after a battle in Logar province’s Pul-e Alam district.

Insurgents held Niamat Agha, an Afghan Local Police officer, for two days after they abducted him and his friend who were traveling home from Kabul.

According to officials, Niamat’s friend escaped from his captors and reported the kidnapping to Sayeed Agha, the Heserak village ALP commander.

Sayeed, who is also the kidnapped officer’s father, quickly organized a rescue force of ALP, Afghan National Police, and Provincial Response Company members after receiving information about the location of his son from a villager.

Information provided by the villager and information gathered by ANSF was critical in finding the location of the kidnapped ALP officer, reported Afghan officials.

As the rescue force approached the suspected location of the kidnappers, insurgents opened fire using rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and machine guns, said a security force member. However, the Afghan forces returned fire killing two insurgents and forcing two more to flee.

“The level of support for the recovery operation by [Afghan security forces] demonstrates the extent of layered and mutually-supporting security within Pul-e Alam district,” said Brig. Gen Abdul Hakim, provincial police chief. “We are all also extremely relieved that the mission was a success and I congratulate everyone on the operation for a job well done.”

Sayeed felt relieved to have his son back, adding that his son only suffered minor injuries and that none of the security forces were injured during the rescue.

ANSF took Niamat to a local hospital to receive treatment for his wounds.

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