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Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Militants, Detain Two

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2008 – Coalition troops and Afghan national policemen killed an unspecified number of militants and detained two suspected insurgents yesterday in Khowst province, military officials said.

The militants are believed to be part the Haqqani terrorist group and are responsible for numerous bombings throughout Afghanistan, officials said.

As coalition and Afghan forces approached the enemy fighters’ compound, several militants maneuvered on them with Ak-47 assault rifles. The militants ignored coalition pleas to disarm, which coalition troops considered as the militants “displaying hostile intent,” officials said.

Coalition forces called in precision air strikes from coalition aircraft, then engaged the enemy fighters with small arms, killing several. Two militants were later detained, officials said.

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