Afghan, NATO forces kill 6 Taliban militants in E. Afghanistan

08:20, April 22, 2010      

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Afghan security forces, backed by NATO-led forces during a cleanup operation, killed six Taliban militants in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province, spokesman for the provincial administration said on Wednesday.

"A joint operation was launched by Afghan police, army and international forces in Tor Ghra area this morning at around 10 a. m. local time, as a result, six militants were killed in the gun fight during the operation," Mukhlis Afghan, the spokesman, told Xinhua.

He said that the combined forces also recovered a handful of weapons including five Kalashnikovs, a heavy machinegun, a RPG 7 ( rocket launcher) and two communication equipments on the ground.

Taliban militants, whose regime was toppled in a U.S.-led military campaign in last 2001, have so far made no comments.

However, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media from undisclosed location claimed that his men launched an explosion attack Wednesday in southern Afghanistan and left over a dozen security guards dead and injured.

Meanwhile, the Afghan authorities confirmed the explosion but said that none were killed or wounded in the blast.

Taliban militants have vowed to speed up their attacks against the Afghan government and its western backers this year in the central Asian state.

Source: Xinhua


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