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The Interior Ministry and the International Security Assistance Force are conducting a joint investigation in the incident in Paktiya province in the Gardez district near the village of Khatabeh today. A joint Afghan-international security force found the bound and gagged bodies of two women and dead bodies of two men in a compound during an operation last night.
"ISAF continually works with our Afghan partners to fight criminals and terrorists who do not care about the life of civilians. The Interior Ministry of Afghanistan has sent a high ranking delegation today to jointly investigate this incident. We will cooperate fully in this joint investigation and provide any assistance the Interior Ministry requires," said Brig. Gen. Eric Tremblay, ISAF Spokesperson.
The joint force went to a compound, after intelligence confirmed militant activity. Several insurgents engaged the joint force in a fire fight and were killed. Subsequently, a large number of men, women, and children exited the compound. Eight men were detained for further questioning.
Afghan and international security forces work together to eliminate the insurgents and terrorist threats and to ensure the safety and well-being of the Afghan people.