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Afghan National Police Detain Ghazni Area Taliban Commander

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 – Afghan National Police and Coalition forces captured Haji Salam, a Ghazni area Taliban sub-commander and improvised explosive device expert, during early morning operations in the village of Gawmesak.

Salam reportedly IS responsible for bombings that have killed dozens of Afghan women and children.

In other Afghan operations today, Afghan and coalition forces detained three suspected Taliban militants in a raid on a compound in the Khost district of Khowst province.

Coalition forces believed the compound was housing known Taliban operatives. Residents were found trying to hide Taliban identification cards as the forces approached.

No injuries were reported in either of the operations.

In operations yesterday, Afghan and coalition forces killed six Taliban militants in a firefight in the mountains west of Jalalabad City. One other militant was injured. Four militants were detained for questioning.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 82 news releases.)

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