Afghan and coalition forces killed five insurgents in Nangarhar province overnight, including a Taliban operational commander who participated in intimidation campaigns and assassinations, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Sunday.
Intelligence reports indicate the commander, Qari Wali, was planning to conduct rocket attacks against area voting centers during elections next week, the force said.
Afghan and NATO troops found him in a compound in the village of Kambu, they said in a statement.
They first called by loudspeaker for everyone to come out peacefully, but some residents "were unresponsive," the military said.
As troops moved in, "several armed insurgents inside the compound displayed hostile intent," the force said.
They engaged and killed the five insurgents, including the Taliban commander, they said.