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Coalition troops in Afghan raid

Among the troops involved were those of the U.S. 101st Airborne  

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Coalition forces conducted a raid on a compound west of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, killing one and wounding two of the people in the compound, according to initial reports.

Officials were trying to determine the identities of about 50 people detained at the site, he said. Taliban leadership was suspected to be in the compound, General Peter Pace, vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Friday.

In a Pentagon press briefing Pace said the forces returned fire after they were shot at, adding that there were no coalition casualties.

The U.S. and coalition troops were fired on as they entered the compound west of Kandahar at about 1 a.m. on Friday (2030 GMT Thursday), Capt. Steven O'Connor, a spokesman at Bagram base north of Kabul, told the Associated Press.

O'Connor told AP that intelligence had indicated the compound, west of Kandahar, was providing sanctuary to "senior Taliban and/or al-Qaida leadership."

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The raid involved 150 coalition troops, including U.S. special forces and members of the 101st Airborne.

During the assault, "several people attempting to flee the area fired on coalition forces who responded appropriately, killing one and wounding two," O'Connor said.

He would not say where the prisoners were being held. "We don't yet know exactly who we have," O'Connor said.

The entire operation took eight hours, including a search of the compound. "Items of intelligence value were found," as were weapons and a large amount of cash, O'Connor said.

There may have been more people in the compound than the 50 men taken into custody, O'Connor said. "I imagine in a compound you're going to have men and women," he said.

Five people were killed and more than 30 captured in a similar raid north of Kandahar on May 12. The U.S. military has not finished processing those detainees to determine who they are, AP reported Pace as saying.




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