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Afghan, U.S. Troops Kill al Qaeda Agent, Net 3 Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2007 – Afghan and U.S. forces killed a suspected al Qaeda agent and captured three other suspected insurgents during separate actions in Afghanistan’s Zabul and Nangarhar provinces today, military officials said.

The suspected al Qaeda operative had fired on Afghan and U.S. troops as they approached a reputed militant safe house located in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar province. The house was allegedly used by al Qaeda to funnel weapons and explosives for terrorist operations. Coalition forces returned fire, killing the militant.

A search of the house yielded numerous weapons, including timers and grenades used to make improvised explosive devices. No coalition casualties were incurred during the operation.

The detained threesome will be questioned about their identities and involvement in terrorist activities, officials said.

The other Afghanistan operation targeted a reputed safe house in the Shajoy district of Zabul province and resulted in the detention of three suspected Taliban members, officials said. The house was reportedly used to facilitate the movement of foreign fighters into Afghanistan, officials said.

Various weapons were seized during the operation and destroyed. The detainees will undergo questioning about their alleged activities. No shots were fired, and no one was injured during the operation.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 82 news releases.)

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