Nine insurgents involved in planting an improvised explosive device (IED) were killed by Afghan National Security (ANSF) and NATO forces during an operation in Jaji district in Paktiya province. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed in a statement that the nine insurgents were killed and their remains handed over to local authorities. The exact date of the strike was not mentioned. The insurgents were armed and were observed by partnered forces implanting an improvised explosive device. They engaged NATO forces with direct fire. “ANSF and NATO Forces responded, killing all observed hostile suspects. No ANSF or ISAF forces were harmed in the operation,” added the statement. The engagement is part of a larger operation launched by ANSF two days ago to destroy Taliban hideouts in the district. Azad Khan, Governor of Jaji district, said that the operation would continue until the area was free from Taliban threats.