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Coalition Troops Kill Three, Detain Four Militants in Paktika Province

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2008 – Coalition forces killed three armed militants and detained four others during an operation targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in Paktika province yesterday, military officials reported.

Troops searched a compound in Ziruk district, targeting a Haqqani commander suspected of foreign fighter and weapons facilitation, officials said. He is also believed to finance Haqqani terrorist operations throughout eastern Afghanistan, they said.

As the force searched the compound, they received small-arms fire from several armed militants, officials said. Coalition forces returned fire, killing three armed militants. A search of the compound revealed multiple AK-47s and other military style equipment, they said.

(Compiled from a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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