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Forces Detain Militants, Destroy Weapons in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 – Afghan and coalition forces detained suspected militants and destroyed homemade bombs in operations in Afghanistan today and yesterday, military officials reported.

In Ghazni province, Afghan and coalition forces detained suspected militants last night during operations aimed at disrupting Haqqani terrorist activities, including attacks on coalition bases by a key Haqqani commander, assassination attempts of Afghan government officials and the flow of foreign fighters and weapons into the region.

The forces assaulted three compounds south of Ghazni city. In one of the compounds, the forces engaged a suspected militant who did not comply with instructions to stop moving toward them. During this engagement, a ricocheting round killed a civilian female. The forces killed several armed enemy combatants, detained six suspected militants and seized grenades and rifles.

Elsewhere, Afghan National Police, assisted by coalition forces, discovered and destroyed 21 homemade bombs in Oruzgan province today and yesterday.

The Afghan-led force was conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol when the patrol was fired on from a wooded area. The force returned fire, killing a militant. The force discovered and destroyed 21 homemade bombs.

No Afghan or coalition force or civilian casualties were reported.

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

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