Militancy surges in Afghanistan as weather gets warm

10:41, March 28, 2010      

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Conflicts and militancy are going to take impetus in the insurgency-ridden Afghanistan with snow melting in the mountainous country as over 50 people including eight NATO soldiers have been killed over the past week.

Both spring and summer in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan are traditionally known as the fighting season when both militants and authorities use the favorite climate to consolidate their positions and take over more territory.

On Saturday a roadside bomb allegedly planted by Taliban militants struck a minibus in the western Farah province, killing a civilian and injuring 10 others.

Similar attack in the troubled southern region, meanwhile, claimed the life of a NATO soldier, a press release of the military alliance said without mentioning the nationality of the victim.

The war-weary Afghans also on the same day witnessed a gun battle between Taliban fighters and police in the southern Ghazni province which left three insurgents dead.

Taliban militants stormed headquarters of Rashidan district in the wee hours of Saturday and police with the support of NATO-led troops returned fire killing three insurgents, according to inspector general of police in Ghazni province Khayalbaz Shirzai.

A day earlier, the Afghan and NATO-led forces captured a Taliban commander Mullah Bahadar during a joint operation in Khogyani district of the eastern Nangarhar province.

The NATO-led troops also claimed capturing two insurgents in former Taliban bastion Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province.

Five soldiers with NATO-led troops were killed by a roadside bomb in Jalai district of southern Kandahar province, Taliban's birthplace, on Wednesday, officials said.

Two helicopters of the NATO-led forces crashed in two successive days in Afghanistan.

The first one in the central Wardak province on Tuesday left one dead and three others injured, and the other occurred Wednesday in the northern Kunduz province without casualty, according to NATO statement.

Taliban militants have claimed responsibility, saying the insurgents shot down both the helicopters and inflicting casualties on the multinational forces.

Moreover, the Taliban insurgents raided Musa Qala district in Helmand province and captured Shah Kariz village.

However, governor of the district Mullah Abdul Salam stressed on Monday that the insurgents had lost 40 fighters in the conflict.

Source: Xinhua
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