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Coalition, Afghans Kill One, Detain Four Taliban Bomb Suspects

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 5, 2009 – Afghan and coalition forces killed one militant and detained four others during operations to disrupt the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist group networks in Afghanistan’s Kandahar and Khowst provinces today, military officials reported.

In Kandahar’s Maywand district, Afghan and coalition forces disabled a bomb-making network run by Taliban operatives. Acting on information from a resident of the area, the assault force entered the compound where militants were known to be staying. Without firing any shots, forces detained two key Taliban operatives involved in making explosives.

Coalition forces provided medical treatment to a noncompliant militant who suffered a minor injury. When forces approached a separate building on the compound, an armed militant maneuvered on the force and was killed. Bomb-making material was found in a separate building on the compound.

Twelve women and 25 children were protected during the incident.

In Khowst province, Afghan special operations and coalition forces conducted an operation to disrupt the Haqqani bomb network. When the combined force arrived at the targeted compound, they searched several buildings without incident, detaining two suspects. No shots were fired.

Sixteen women and 35 children were protected in the operation.

(From a U.S. Forces Afghanistan news release.)

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