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Coalition forces disrupt terrorist networks in Kapisa

Release No: UNRELEASED Dec. 8, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL

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December 7, 2008

Release Number 20080712-01

Coalition forces disrupt terrorist networks in Kapisa

KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces killed three armed militants and detained four suspected militants during operations to disrupt the Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) terrorist network in Kapisa province, Saturday.

The operations in Tagab District, located about 50 km northeast of Kabul, targeted a HIG commander known to facilitate the movement of weapons and foreign fighters into the region.  “This commander was responsible for planning and coordinating recent attacks which have killed and injured innocent Afghans and Coalition forces in the area,” said Col. Jerry O’Hara, U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesman.

During the operation, three militants armed with AK-47s and other military equipment attempted to engage the force.  Coalition forces responded with small-arms fire and killed them.  A search of the compound revealed multiple AK-47s, pistols, hand grenades, and other military equipment.  These items were destroyed by the force to prevent future use.  The force also detained four other suspected militants and protected eight women and 12 children during the operation.

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