30 Taliban militants killed in E Afghanistan

21:17, August 02, 2010      

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The Afghan National Army (ANA) and NATO forces eliminated 30 Taliban militants in Afghanistan's eastern Nuristan province on Monday, a press release issued by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

"Afghan National Army soldiers with support from their coalition force partners, executed ground attacks on the towns of Bachancha and Badmuk Monday, clearing them of Taliban fighters and disrupting insurgent operations throughout the region," the press release added.

It said that initial reports indicates more than 30 insurgents were killed with two ANA soldiers killed in action.

It said that the attacks were part of ongoing security operations that began July 25 with the Afghan army commandos air assault on the village of Barg-e-Matal district.

"Afghan Natioanl Security Forces operations continue to deal a devastating blow to enemy forces who seek safe haven in Nuristan," said U.S. Army Col. Andrew Poppas, Task Force Bastogne commander in the press release.

"Their devotion to the safety and security of the Afghan people ensures the enemy has no place to hide," he said.

Taliban militants overran the Barg-e-Matal on July 25 and burned down over 150 houses and all government buildings including health clinic and schools. But the militants controlled the district only for 24 hours.

Source: Xinhua


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