NATO troops kill 2 suspected insurgents; detain 3 in northern Afghan city

19:50, July 07, 2010      

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NATO-led troops during an operation in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif the capital of Balkh province eliminated two suspected insurgents and detained three others on Wednesday, police said.

"A unit of special force of international troops raided Kartai Ziraat - a residential area in Mazar-e-Sharif city at 03:00 a.m. local time and after killing two persons arrested three others and took them away," police spokesman in the province Shir Jan Durani told Xinhua.

Meantime, locals say those killed and arrested by the NATO troops were civilians and worked for a brick kiln factory there.

On the other hand, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement said that, "An Afghan-international security force killed two armed individuals and detained several suspected insurgents in Balkh province last night."

It also added that the team was pursuing a Haqqani network facilitator reportedly involved in planning upcoming attacks in Mazar-e Sharif, and who has had direct contact with senior Haqqani network leadership in Pakistan.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Haqqani group is the military wing of Taliban outfit which, according to officials organizes suicide attacks and roadside bombings against Afghan and NATO-led forces based in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua


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