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Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 24 Enemy Fighters

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2006 – Coalition forces killed 24 enemy fighters in Afghanistan yesterday, U.S. military officials said.

Afghan National Army and coalition forces battled terrorists for six hours in the Tarin Kowt district of Uruzgan province yesterday evening, military officials said.

One Afghan National Police officer and four Afghan soldiers were killed battling the enemy fighters.

Additional Afghan soldiers and police were wounded and were taken to a nearby medical treatment facility. No report was available on their condition.

The engagement started when a joint combat patrol of Afghan and coalition forces returned fire against several enemy fighters who were hiding in a compound.

Afghan and coalition forces beat back the attack with heavy machine-gun fire and forced the attackers to retreat. The enemy fighters then attempted to reinforce with additional militants from two nearby compounds, military officials said.

In other news from Afghanistan, three Afghan men and one woman were killed May 22 when a makeshift bomb exploded in the Jalrez district of Wardak province.

"Our sympathies go out to the families of the four civilians killed Monday by an IED explosion," Army Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, a Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman, said. "This is just another example of how enemy extremists use these tools of terror without regard for the lives of innocent Afghans in the ruthless pursuit of their oppressive ideals."

In addition, in two separate May 22 incidents, coalition forces found and disabled two makeshift bombs.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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