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Three Militants Detained in Khowst, Two in Helmand

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 3, 2007 – Afghan and coalition forces detained three militants in an early-morning operation today against al Qaeda militants in Khowst province.

No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the operation.

Also in the region, Afghan and coalition forces detained two militants early yesterday in an operation against Taliban forces in the Nahr Surkh district of Helmand province. In that incident, forces were fired on as they approached the compound. They returned fire and subdued the militants, securing the compound.

There were no injuries to coalition forces, but several insurgents were reportedly killed during the firefight. Forces suspected the compound of housing local Taliban fighters. All detainees will be questioned as to their involvement in militant activities, U.S. officials said.

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