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American Forces Press Service

Afghanistan Raid Nets Three Insurgents, Leaves One Afghan Dead

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2005 A raid by Afghan and coalition forces May 16 resulted in the capture of three insurgents suspected of using improvised explosive devices near Khowst, Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported in a news release today.

Officials said the raid, the result of a tip from a local informant, left one Afghan man dead after he ignored both a verbal warning from an interpreter and a warning shot from coalition forces. The man was in the home of one of the suspects when he was killed.

Coalition forces made every attempt to limit the use of force to stop the man's threatening actions, officials said.

As they entered the house, coalition forces told the man through an interpreter to halt, but he continued to act aggressively by moving toward a container atop a dresser, officials said. As he continued, troops fired a warning shot in hopes of convincing the man to stop, but he continued to move toward the container.

A coalition soldier, who reported feeling threatened by these actions, shot and killed the man, officials said. Officials are investigating the incident. Regional Command East leaders met with local religious leaders and political officials to discuss the incident, and a civil and military affairs team was sent to the village to offer assistance.

Khowst has been the scene of a number of improvised-explosive-device incidents and other attacks in recent weeks, causing a heightened sense of awareness for forces operating there, officials said.

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