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Afghan Police, Coalition Forces Respond to Attack, Detain Enemy

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 22, 2006 – An enemy force engaged Afghan National Police and coalition forces during a patrol in Ghazni province early today.

Two enemy fighters were captured in the engagement. No Afghan police or coalition forces were injured.

Afghan police and coalition forces were on patrol in Ghazni's Andar district when they received small-arms fire from an enemy force of an unknown size. When the police and coalition forces returned fire, the enemy broke contact and fled into nearby compounds, officials reported.

During a joint, Afghan National Police-led search of one compound, two enemy fighters attacked the friendly forces. Afghan officers detained the two and turned them over to coalition forces.

The Afghan and coalition forces searched a second compound, but found no other enemy forces.

Afghan national security forces, including police and Afghan National Army units, routinely conduct such combat patrols with coalition forces, officials said. The purpose of the patrols is to deny sanctuary to the Taliban and al Qaeda-associated militias, destroy enemy forces, and prevent the re-emergence of terrorism in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said.

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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