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UPDATED: 15:04, June 21, 2007
Coalition forces rescue 2 hostages in E. Afghanistan
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The U.S.-led coalition forces rescued two hostages from Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in eastern Afghanistan early Thursday, a coalition statement said.

Coalition forces conducted raids against two compounds in Zaghun Shah district of Paktika province after receiving information that three local residents were abducted by militants, the statement said.

One of the hostages was found being held at a compound, while another was taken away by his captors to another location, according to the statement.

Coalition forces chased down the captors, freed the hostage and detained the captors, it said, adding the third hostage was killed by militants 24 hours ago.

The statement did not tell the identities of the hostages, and why the militants abducted them.

Eight militants were detained and will be questioned as to their identities and participation in militant activities, the statement said.

About 13,000 coalition forces are being deployed in Afghanistan to hunt down militants and keep security.

Source: Xinhua

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