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Hundreds Protest Arrest of Woman in Eastern Afghanistan


People in eastern Afghanistan are protesting Friday's detention by U.S forces of several local people, including a woman.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Nangarhar province, and authorities say the crowd was angry because it is against Afghan traditions to arrest a woman.

Security forces tried to disperse the crowd. A child was killed by gunfire but no one was sure where the bullets came from.

The U.S. military in Afghanistan confirmed that coalition forces had conducted raids on suspected al-Qaida hideouts around the province's capital, Jalalabad.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led forces said several of those detained have been freed.

U.S.-led troops are searching for Taleban and al-Qaida remnants, who continue to attack U.S. and Afghan government targets in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.

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