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Afghan, Coalition Forces Destroy Terrorist Compound

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 16, 2006 – An Afghan and coalition force destroyed a roadside-bomb-making cell today at a compound in Ghazni province, killing three terrorists and destroying the compound with precision air strikes, military officials here reported.

When the combined force attempted to peacefully search the compound and ask residents to come out for questioning, enemy personnel inside the compound began firing and wounded one coalition solider. The combined force called in close-air support and killed three suspects in the engagement.

Officials provided no information on the nationality or condition of the wounded coalition soldier.

During the engagement, a weapons cache blew up within the compound, causing extensive damage, officials said. When the combined force went back in to search the compound, soldiers found doors booby-trapped with grenades and rocket-propelled grenade rounds. Small arms and ammunition chest racks were found strewn around the courtyard.

When the combined force determined the area to be too dangerous for further searching and an imminent threat to local civilians due to booby traps and unexploded ordinance, a second precision strike was directed to destroy the explosives in the remaining compound buildings.

Based on credible intelligence, the combined force went to great lengths to ensure local civilians were not endangered, officials said. No women and children were present in the compound, which was only occupied by fighting-age males, officials added.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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