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Three Afghan Civilians Killed in Attack on Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, April 30, 2005 An air strike April 29 against an insurgent camp in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, resulted in the deaths of four anti-coalition militants and three civilians, coalition officials announced today.

The deaths occurred during a series of attacks over two days against insurgents in the same area.

The attack killed one Afghan woman, one Afghan man and a child. Two other children were also wounded in the attack, officials said. The children were evacuated to Kandahar Airfield for treatment.

The attack occurred in the same area in which coalition forces recently saved the lives of more than 200 Afghans from raging floodwaters, according to a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release. Additionally, in recent days, more than 800 people in this area have received medical treatment through coalition medical-assistance operations, and seven different civil affairs missions are under way in the area.

A medical team has moved to the area to ensure any medical attention needed is available to the villagers following recent operations there.

"This incident is not indicative of coalition efforts," an official said in the release. "Every coalition mission is carefully planned, and all possible efforts are taken to prevent non-combatant injuries and deaths. In some cases, operations are dramatically altered to prevent any risk to injuring non-combatants."

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