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Coalition Forces kill four militants near Kandahar

Release No: UNRELEASED March 3, 2009 PRINT | E-MAIL

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United States Forces-Afghanistan

March 1, 2009                                                         

Release Number 20090103-01

Coalition Forces kill four militants near Kandahar KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition Forces engaged several militants March 1, killing four, while conducting operations in Maywand District, Kandahar Province, approximately 80 km northwest of Kandahar.

Coalition Forces learned through intelligence sources that enemy combatants were using the karez (water irrigation) system in Maywand District to hide weapons and munitions.  When the assault force arrived at the targeted series of irrigation holes, they were engaged by armed enemies.  Forces responded with small arms fire and called in close air support to combat the enemy.  Four militants were killed in the battle.

An initial search of the karez holes revealed several AK-47 assault rifles, PKMs (machine guns) and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

The firefight occurred away from a nearby non-combatant population.  No women or children were seen during the engagement.  No Coalition Forces were injured.

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