Troops in Afghanistan Kill Armed Militants, Seize Suspect
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2008 Coalition and Afghan forces killed an unknown number of armed militants and seized a suspect in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials said.
Enemy fighters attacked a coalition base in the Bermel Valley of Paktika province with small-arms, machine-gun and rocket fire. Combined forces retaliated with machine-gun and mortar fire, killing several militants, military officials said.
No Afghan, coalition forces or civilian casualties were reported.
Meanwhile, as troops searched for a Taliban leader in a compound in the Tag Ab district of Kapisa province, they came under fire from multiple enemy fighters.
Coalition forces responded with air strikes and small-arms fire, killing the insurgents, military officials said.
Troops discovered and destroyed assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition.
In Khowst province yesterday, coalition forces detained a militant responsible for assisting foreign fighters entering Afghanistan, military officials said.
(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force 101 news releases.)