6 Taliban militants, 3 civilians killed in W. Afghanistan

17:20, August 21, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) conducted operations in Afghanistan's western Farah province on Friday in pursuit of a Taliban foreign fighters facilitator, killing six Taliban militants while three civilians lost their lives accidentally, said a press release issued by ISAF Saturday.

"The facilitator is known to traffic foreign fighters and weapons from Iran and associate with senior Taliban and Al Qaeda leadership," the press release added.

It said, during the operation six insurgents were killed and several suspected insurgents were detained.

Meanwhile, it confirmed that "during the operation, a civilian women and two children were accidentally killed when a coalition force air weapons team engaged the insurgents."

"We deeply regret what occurred on yesterday's operation," U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director said in press release.

"We are taking a step-by-step approach in investigating what went wrong and are always working to reduce civilian casualties. Our condolences go out to the family of these civilians," said the press release quoting Rafael.

Taliban militants have yet to make comments.

According to the press release, the incident occurred in Pusht- e-Road district of Farah.

Farah and neighboring Herat and Badghis provinces in western Afghanistan have been the scene of Taliban-led violent attacks over the past one year.



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