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Three Militants Caught in Afghanistan Operations

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2007 – Coalition forces detained three suspected militants in the Nerkh district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province yesterday.

The troops caught the suspects during a search of buildings believed to be militant hiding places.

“Coalition forces conducted a search of the compounds in the Nerkh district for militants indicated to be in the area,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 82.

In earlier operations, coalition forces killed several militants and detained two others in the Nerkh district of Wardak province Oct. 23. A follow-on search yielded a weapons cache containing explosive materials, weapons and ammunition.

Two Afghan National Police officers were wounded, yet they managed to repel a Taliban attack on a security checkpoint in the village of Shkin, in the Bermel district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province. Coalition forces rendered medical assistance to the wounded police, who were then taken to a nearby medical facility for further treatment.

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

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