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UPDATED: 16:56, May 24, 2005
2 militants killed, 13 arrested in Afghanistan
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Two suspected Taliban militias were killed and 13 others including a prominent commander arrested as Afghan forces conducted operations in south Afghanistan on Monday, commander of Kandahar Corps said Tuesday.

"In the first operation carried out in Kadia district of Deh Rawood district, Uruzgan province, two Taliban fighters were killed and 10 others detained, while the second mop up in the neighboring Charchino district led to the capture of three Taliban operatives including Mullah Abdul Bari," General Hamid Muslim told Xinhua via telephone.

Bari was a prominent Taliban military leader in south Afghanistan, he added.

In addition, a roadside bomb planted by alleged Taliban targeted a police van in the border town of Spin Boldak of Kandahar, wounding at least one police officer, official in Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, said.

"Only one police officer was injured in the bomb attack on Spin Bokdak road," Kandahar police chief Ayub Salangi confirmed to Xinhua.

Meanwhile, Taliban's spokesman Mullah Abdul Latif Hakimi has accepted responsibility for the remote control bomb attack, saying six local police have died in it.

Taliban-led insurgency has got momentum as around 30 including militants, Afghan and US troops as well as aid workers have been killed in the troubled southern provinces over the past one week.

Source: Xinhua

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