Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Three, Detain Five in Khowst Province
American Forces Press Service
KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2008 Afghan National Police and coalition forces killed three armed militants and detained five others, including the man their operation targeted, during a Dec. 16 operation to disrupt the al-Qaida terrorist network in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, military officials reported today.
The combined operation in the province’s Khowst district, southeast of the Afghan capital of Kabul, netted an al-Qaida liaison believed to facilitate the movement of foreign fighters into Afghanistan to conduct terrorist activities.
He is believed to have been in direct contact with al-Qaida leaders outside of Afghanistan, coordinating activities aimed at destabilizing the Afghan government and harming innocent civilians and coalition forces, officials said.
A militant armed with an AK-47 assault rifle was killed when he tried to engage the combined force. Three other militants, two armed with AK-47s and one with a shotgun, engaged the combined force as they searched the compound. The combined force returned fire, killing two men and wounding the third, a woman.
Medics provided immediate care to the wounded militant and evacuated her to a coalition hospital for further care, allowing her husband to accompany her. She is expected to recover, officials said.
A search of the compound revealed multiple AK-47s, hand grenades, pistols, a shotgun and other military equipment.
(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)