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Coalition, Afghan Vehicles Collide in Kabul Highway Accident

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2008 – A coalition-forces vehicle and a van carrying Afghan civilians were involved in a traffic accident on Highway 1 in the capital city of Kabul today, military officials said.

Both vehicles were traveling east when the van attempted to move into the left lane of traffic where it struck the side of the coalition vehicle, according to a U.S. military news release. The coalition vehicle’s driver was unable to swerve to avoid the van, the release said, because of a median separating the east-bound and west-bound lanes of traffic. The Afghan van skidded off the highway and struck a roadside shop.

The release didn’t say whether or not coalition forces or Afghan civilians had been injured or killed as a result of the accident.

The accident was reported to the Afghan National Police. The incident is under investigation.

“We regret this incident and express our condolences to the families and people involved,” said Army Col. Jerry O’Hara, U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesman.

In news yesterday, Afghan and coalition forces killed seven militants and uncovered three caches containing drugs and improvised explosive device-making materials during a clearing operation in Nahr Surkh district, Helmand province.

In Nov. 26 operations:

Coalition forces killed 15 militants and detained six suspected militants during an early-morning raid in Anizai, part of Zhari district in Kandahar province.

Afghan and coalition forces detained seven suspected militants during a combined operation aimed at disrupting the Haqqani terrorist network in Khost province.

(Compiled from U.S. Forces Afghanistan news releases.)

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