22 Taliban militants killed in W Afghanistan

22:05, July 19, 2010      

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Twenty-two Taliban insurgents, including two commanders, were killed as aircraft pounded their hideout in Farah province west of Afghanistan on Monday, police said.

"A group of Taliban rebels were in meeting to in a house in Khashrod district this afternoon when intelligence report identified their hideout and NATO-led forces aircraft raided the house, killing 22 militants," provincial police chief, Faqir Ahmad Askar told Xinhua.

Two Taliban commanders, namely Mullah Bari and Mullah Agha Jan, are among those killed in the air raid, he further said.

The air raid was carried out while militants were planning on how to fire rockets on government interests, the official added.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Inflicting casualties on Taliban outfit took place just a day before the opening of the international conference on the war- ravaged Afghanistan -- the Kabul Conference in the capital city Kabul on Tuesday amid tight security.

Anti-government militants carried out a suicide attack in the capital city Kabul on Sunday, killing two civilians and injuring more than 20 others.

However, the militants by organizing roadside bombings elsewhere in the country left nine Afghan police dead, killed two NATO soldiers and injured four others soldiers on Monday.

Source: Xinhua


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