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Afghan Officials: US Military Hands Over Detained Afghans


Afghan officials say the U.S. military has handed over six Afghan villagers who were detained during a raid early Tuesday at a compound where troops discovered bomb-making materials.

The raid near Bagram Air Base and the subsequent arrests sparked a violent protest by several hundred locals who demanded their release. They said U.S. troops arrested the villagers without consulting local authorities.

U.S. soldiers fired warning shots outside the air base after some protesters threw stones at military vehicles and tried to push down the base's outer gate. No casualties were reported.

The U.S. military said those arrested were suspected of planning attacks against U.S.-led forces.

This latest incident at Bagram came amid an upsurge in violence ahead of September's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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