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Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgent, Detain Six Suspects

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009 – Afghan and coalition forces killed an insurgent and detained six suspects following an operation early today in eastern Afghanistan’s Konar province.

In the Pech district, about 50 miles northeast of Jalalabad, the combined force searched two compounds to remove a key enabler of the al-Qaida foreign terrorist network in Konar.

Afghan and coalition forces conducted a thorough search of one compound without incident, protecting 20 adults and children. They then searched an adjacent compound after Afghan forces called for all noncombatants to come out of the buildings. More than 40 adults and children cooperated with the Afghan forces’ instructions and were protected.

One man who was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle disregarded all appeals to surrender and was killed when he threatened the force. A total of six men were detained for suspected ties to al-Qaida.

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

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