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Coalition Forces Kill Militants in Afghanistan Province

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 29, 2008 – Several militants were killed during a coalition forces operation targeting a Taliban leader yesterday in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, military officials reported.

Coalition forces searched compounds in the province’s Gairo district, targeting a militant leader known to conduct foreign fighter operations in Ghazni and Paktika provinces, officials said.

Militants inside a building and around other buildings engaged the force with small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire and air strikes, killing the militants and damaging a building, officials said.

During their search, coalition forces found bomb-making materials and rigged explosives within a building, as well as a vehicle rigged with explosives. Troops also found several rocket-propelled grenades and a vehicle used to transport them.

Coalition forces destroyed the munitions, explosives and both vehicles after moving all residents to a safe location, officials said.

(From a Combined Joint Task Force 101 news release.)

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