Air strike kills 13 militants in N. Afghanistan

13:41, April 24, 2010      

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Thirteen Taliban militants including their commander were killed as they came under air attacks in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Friday night, an official said Saturday.

An official with the Afghan National Security Directorate (NSD) who declined to be identified told Xinhua that the air raids took place in Dasht-e-Archi district Friday night after intelligence reports indicated militants' activities and airpower was called in which left over a dozen insurgents dead.

"The aircraft of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) dropped bombs and killed 13 militants including their commander Hamza Khan," the official asserted.

However, the outfit, who have been attempting to infiltrate from their traditional hotbed southern Afghanistan to relatively peaceful northern province especially Kunduz and neighboring Baghlan province, have yet to make comments.

Kunduz and Baghlan, considered peaceful provinces until early 2009, have been the scene of increasing Taliban-led insurgency in the post-Taliban central Asian state over the past several months.

Source: Xinhua


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