NATO troops kill 14 insurgents in S. Afghanistan

10:32, August 08, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops eliminated over a dozen insurgents in Taliban's hotbed, the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Saturday, a statement of the alliance said.

"Fourteen insurgents were killed and no civilians were hurt in the operation," the statement added.

However, it did not give the exact place of the operation, only saying that Afghan and coalition forces uncovered a large stockpile of weapons and communications equipment during an operation in Helmand province on Saturday.

"While investigating the weapons find, the force was engaged by insurgents with small arms fire, rocket propelled grenades and sniper fire," it said.

It added that in order to suppress the enemy fire, ISAF forces requested close air support, which was provided by an air weapons team and a U.S. Air Force A-10, during which 14 insurgents were killed.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Source: Xinhua

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