By Jim Kouri
A U.S.-led coalition security force on Tuesday arrested one of the Taliban commanders who led the Sept. 14, 2012 terrorist attack on the military installation, Camp Bastion, according to military officials. Members of the Taliban claim that Britain’s Prince Harry, who is posted in Afghanistan, was their ‘primary’ target when they attacked Camp Bastion.
The terror suspect was taken into custody in Helmand following a joint effort by Afghan and coalition forces to track down the Taliban insurgents responsible for the attack, officials said.
The Taliban leader is suspected of providing support to the terrorists whose attack killed two service members and caused damage to several coalition aircraft.
According to the Pentagon, nearly 20 jihadists infiltrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion and attacked International Security Assistance Force personnel and facilities using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide improvised explosive device (IED) vests, military officials reported.
The terrorists killed two U.S. Marines and wounded several other service members. The attackers also caused damage to multiple aircraft and structures along the base’s flight line, officials said.
ISAF forces reacted to the assault, returned fire, and killed all but one of the known terrorists, officials said. The remaining wounded insurgent attacker is in ISAF custody and is being treated in a medical facility.
Prince Harry, an Army captain, is based at the compound in Helmand province in the south of Afghanistan for his second tour of duty. He had also served in Iraq. Harry was with his fellow crew members of the Apache attack helicopters when the attack took place, United Kingdom media said.
Ironically, the day after the September 14 attack on Camp Bastion, Prince Harry celebrated his 28th birthday. He has been undergoing training to fly operations