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Joint Operation Nets Four Suspected Militants in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2009 – Afghan and coalition forces detained four suspected militants in Khost province overnight during an operation to capture a key Haqqani terrorist network leader in eastern Afghanistan.

In the province’s Sabari district, a combined force searched a rural compound after credible intelligence sources indicated the wanted man was located near Zambar village.

After entering the targeted compound, Afghan forces called for all occupants to come out, and without incident, forces detained the targeted man and three of his suspected associates.

A search of the compound revealed an AK-47 assault rifle and a magazine.

On June 2, while patrolling a bazaar in Paktika province’s Bermel district, Afghan forces identified a suicide bomber moving toward a crowd of Afghan civilians. The security forces immediately moved to stop and detain the bomber, who jumped into a taxi and detonated his vest, killing himself and injuring the vehicle's driver and two of the pursuing Afghan security forces members.

Coalition forces in the area responded to a call for assistance, helping the Afghan forces treat and evacuate injured people to a nearby coalition medical facility. One Afghan security forces member later died.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Afghanistan news releases.)

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