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Afghan National Police Repel Taliban Attack

American Forces Press Service

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, April 6, 2007 – Two Afghan National Policemen were wounded today by small-arms fire during an attack on their patrol in Nahr Surkh District, Helmand province, but the Afghan police repelled the attack, officials said.

Coalition forces and members of the Afghan National Police were conducting a patrol to link up with other coalition troops when Taliban fighters engaged them with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades about 12 miles southeast of Gereshk. The combined patrol returned small-arms and mortar fire, which forced the Taliban fighters to retreat.

Both wounded men were stabilized by a medic on the scene and were later evacuated to a nearby medical facility for further treatment. They are currently listed in stable condition.

There were no injuries to any Afghan civilians reported during the engagement.

“The Afghan National Police were courageous under fire against an unknown quantity of enemy personnel,” said Maj. Christopher Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesperson.

“The ANP have again demonstrated their commitment to bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. This cowardly attack is another attempt to intimidate ANP members and terrorize Afghan civilians,” Belcher said. 

(From a Combined Joint Task Force-82 news release.)

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