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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Suspected terrorists captured near Paru Khyl village

Release Date: 8/22/2006
Release Number: 06-08-02PL
Created by: Sharbe L. Clark.
Last modified: Sharbe L. Clark.
Description: KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghan and Coalition forces conducted a pre-dawn raid on a compound housing suspected terrorists Aug. 22 near Paru Kheyl village in Khowst Province.

Three suspects were taken into custody.

Assorted weapons and ammunition were confiscated in the operation. Weapons included automatic and bolt-action rifles, a shotgun and ammunition-carrying chest racks.

Three other males found in the compound were released after questioning. More than 20 women and children were also located within the facilities. The Coalition notes that extremists are deliberately and immorally surrounding themselves with innocent civilians, knowing the Coalition takes extraordinary measures to prevent civilian casualities.

The purpose of this operation was to capture a known al Qaeda facilitator. Credible intelligence linked the targeted individual to suspected terrorist activities and attacks against the Afghan and Coalition forces in Khowst Province .

The Coalition is currently assessing information taken from the raid and determining the level of involvement of the three suspected terrorists taken into custody.

No shots were fired and no Afghan or Coalition forces were injured during the operation.

This operation was a coordinated effort between Afghan and Coalition forces,” said Col. Thomas Collins, Combined Forces Command - Afghanistan spokesman. “This joint team will continue to target the al Qaeda network and remove their means of support in order to extend the reach of the government and ultimately improve the lives of the Afghan people.”

For more information please contact: Kabul-Presscenter@cfc-a.centcom.mil.

Category: Press Release, Terrorism and Afghanistan.
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