Friday, April 10, 2009

OEF Summary, April 10, 2009: Troops Kill 32 Insurgents in Southern Afghanistan

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2009 -- Coalition and Afghan forces killed 32 insurgents today during operations in southern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

In the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province, 15 insurgents were killed after opening fire on a U.S.-Afghan patrol. The coalition troops returned fire, killing all 15 attackers with small-arms, heavy weapons and aviation weapon support.

In Oruzgan province’s Shahid E-Hassas district, enemy fighters fired small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at U.S. and Afghan forces on a reconnaissance patrol. The attackers fled to a nearby shopping district, but the coalition force eventually killed all 12 as they were found trying to regroup outside the bazaar.

In Kandahar province’s Maywand district, U.S. and Afghan forces pursued and killed five insurgents allegedly connected with a Taliban logistics network. The network is believed to be responsible for a suicide-bombing in the area that killed four Afghan civilians and a coalition servicemember.

No coalition or Afghan casualties were reported from the operations.

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

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