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Eight Detained in Southern Afghanistan Fighting

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Feb. 4, 2006 – Eight enemy fighters were detained and a motorcycle was destroyed after Afghan and U.S. forces attacked enemy forces who fired on a government complex in Afghanistan 's Helmand province.

Six Afghan National Police were killed, as were an unknown number of enemy forces. Battle damage assessment continues, officials said.

Close-air support was called to the scene of the attack. British Harriers, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft responded to the scene, attacking enemy positions and forcing them to flee into a nearby town.

"Afghan and coalition forces reacted quickly to these events," said Army Lt. Col. Jerry O'Hara, Combined Joint Task Force 76 spokesman. "Our forces will continue our aggressive attacks on the enemy whenever and wherever they attempt to conduct their operations."

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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