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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Seven suspected Al Qaeda allies and a child were killed in clashes with Afghan and coalition forces during an operation staged on housing compound in Kunar Province Thursday, a U.S. military statement said.

The suspected terrorists and a child, about 10 to 12 years old, were killed during the fighting that erupted when Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces approached the compound. A woman was also wounded in the fighting, the statement said.

"The al Qaeda fighters deliberately put women and children at risk in an effort to protect their illegal and immoral operations," said coalition spokesman Col. Thomas Collins.

Coalition forces also arrested four men and confiscated a stash of weapons and munitions.

The U.S. military statement added "credible intelligence" on suspected terrorist activities in the region was also gained.

No Afghan or coalition forces were injured during the fighting, according to the U.S. military.

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