Operation launched against Taliban in N Afghan province, aircraft pound Taliban positions

14:29, April 11, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops launched a major offensive against Taliban militants in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Saturday morning, officials said.

"A major operation with the involvement of Afghan and NATO-led troops launched against Taliban militants in Chardara district early this morning to ensure stability there," governor of Chardara district Abdul Waheed Omarkhil told Xinhua.

A Taliban rocket, he added, hit a residential area during the battle leaving a woman dead and injuring two others.

To wipe out Taliban rebels, the NATO's aircraft pounded Shikhan and Lalamaidan villages the hideouts of militants in Chardara district Saturday afternoon, Omarkhil stressed.

He also said that the joint forces are advancing toward the hideouts of militants and killing them.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Meantime, Deputy to provincial Police chief Abdul Rahman Haqtash told Xinhua that the operation would continue until militants were completely wiped out from Kunduz province.

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