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Citizen Tip Leads to IED in Afghan Mosque

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2006 – Thanks to a tip by a local Afghan citizen, coalition forces disarmed an improvised explosive device that had been placed in a mosque in the Pachir Wa Agam District of Nangarhar Province yesterday, officials in Kabul, Afghanistan, reported.

The Afghan citizen disclosed the IED's location to Afghan National Police officers, who in turn notified coalition forces. With permission from local religious leaders, explosive ordnance specialists entered the mosque and rendered the bomb harmless.

"The emplacement of an IED in a mosque or any other public building [to] target innocent Afghan citizens, is a heinous act," said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force-76.

"That an Afghan citizen sought the help of [his country's] police and coalition forces clearly shows that the country is united and confident in its stand against extremists," he said.

(Compiled from a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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