- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

KABUL (AP) - International and Afghan troops killed one insurgent and detained six other suspects Wednesday in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. forces said.

The combined force was searching residential compounds in Kunar province when a man armed with an assault rifle refused to surrender and threatened the troops, the U.S. said in a statement.

He was killed and six men with suspected ties to al-Qaida were captured, the statement said.

The incident occurred in Pech district, northeast of the provincial capital of Jalalabad. The statement said the troops were searching the compounds for a “key enabler” of al-Qaida operatives in the province. It did not say if the target was killed or captured.

Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry said a civilian truck driver was shot and killed by militants in Ghazni province Tuesday. The victim was transporting commercial merchandise and resisted attempts by the militants to loot his vehicle, the ministry said.

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