Afghan forces kill 25 militants: official

17:13, January 03, 2010      

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Afghan and the NATO-led troops in a campaign against Taliban militants in the northern Kunduz province have killed over two dozen fighters including their local commander, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said Sunday.

The joint forces raided Taliban hideouts in Dasht-e-Archi district on Saturday and eliminated 25 rebels including their commander Mullah Abdullah, Omar told Xinhua.

Three other militants were detained during the operation and some others sustained injuries, he said.

Abdul Rahman Haqtash, deputy to the provincial police chief, confirmed the conflict, adding that Mullah Abdullah was involved in carrying out series of "subversive attacks".

Meanwhile, Zabihullah Mujahid, who claims to speak for the Taliban outfit, in talks with media via cellular phone from an undisclosed location, disputed the claim made by officials, saying that no Taliban fighters were killed in the clash.

A relatively peaceful province until early 2009, Kunduz has been the scene of increasing militancy over the past couple of months.

Source: Xinhua
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