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Afghanistan: Coalition forces kill 12 militants

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  • Afghan Border Police and coalition forces also detain five people
  • Weapons found in compound near Pakistani border
  • U.S. military says Haqqani network is responsible for attacks on troops
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan Border Police and coalition forces killed 12 militants and detained five suspected militants in several operations Saturday, the U.S.-led coalition announced.

Five "armed extremists" were killed by Afghan police-led forces during a patrol in the Tarin Kowt district, Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan.

In the city of Khost, south of Kabul near the Pakistani border, a joint force was on an operation to disrupt the radical Haqqani network associated with the Taliban when they came under fire from "multiple armed militants," the coalition said.

The combined force returned fire, killing four militants and wounding one. The wounded man and four other militants were detained, the coalition said.

A search of the compound where the shootout happened revealed weapons, explosives and materials for making improvised explosive devices, the coalition said.

The U.S. military says the Haqqani network is responsible for attacks on troops.

Two other incidents happened Saturday in the southern province of Kandahar.

The first occurred about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of the city of Kandahar as a combined Afghan and coalition force were conducting two operations against a Taliban commander.

The forces targeted a compound where a militant was reported to be staying. When they reached the compound, someone fired at them but was then killed, the coalition said.

A search of the compound revealed weapons, including grenades, the coalition said.

The forces killed two armed militants in a separate operation in Kandahar. They found weapons and grenades at the site afterward, the coalition said.

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