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Press Release | Feb. 18, 2009

Afghan National Police kill three militants in Farah

By None , U.S. Forces - Afghanistan


U.S. Forces Afghanistan

February 17, 2009

Release Number 20091702-04

Afghan National Police kill three militants in Farah

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police, assisted by Coalition forces, killed three militants, Feb. 17, while searching the compound of a known improvised explosive device facilitator in the Bakwa district, Farah Province, which is located in western Afghanistan.

Three militants were killed after attacking the Afghan National Police and Coalition forces with small-arms fire as they searched the area. The known IED facilitator was detained and taken into custody by Afghan

National Police. 

During the search Afghan National Police discovered improvised explosive device-making materials including wire, batteries and three AK-47 rifles in the compound.

Following the search, the combined force held a key leader engagement with village elders to explain the purpose of the operation.

No Afghan National Police, Coalition forces or civilian casualties have been reported.

"The Afghan National Police continue to lead successful operations and grow in reputation," said Lt. Col. Fred Helmer, a U.S. Forces Afghanistan spokesperson. "Afghanistan will continue to increase in security as the Afghan National Police remove militants from their sanctuaries."

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United States Forces Afghanistan’s mission, in coordination with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, is to conduct operations to defeat terrorist networks and insurgents by developing effective governance and building the Afghan National Security Force.  Effective security throughout the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan facilitates continued regional stability and increases economic development for the people of Afghanistan.

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