Taliban-linked activities, conflicts leave 24 dead in Afghanistan

19:39, September 16, 2010      

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Taliban-led insurgency and skirmishes in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan in the past 24 hours have left at least two dozen people dead with majority of them militants, officials said.

In the latest waves of mounting pressure against the insurgents, the NATO-led troops stormed Taliban hideout in the northern Kunduz province Wednesday night killing eight fighters including a commander.

"Coalition forces conducted a precision air strike and a follow-on ground operation against the Taliban district commander for Aliabad district of Kunduz province Wednesday, killing eight insurgents," a statement released by NATO-led forces here on Thursday said.

Although, the military alliance did not reveal the name of the killed Taliban commander, local officials identified him as Mullah Juma Gul Hamdul, saying he was active in Aliabad and the neighboring Chardara district.

The conflicts and Taliban-linked security incidents steep up amid Afghan government's preparation to hold the second parliamentary elections since the fall of Taliban regime on Sept. 18, enabling over 10.5 million eligible to vote.

In a separate statement, the NATO-led troops also reported capturing two suspected militants on the same night Wednesday night in Kunduz province.

"Afghan and coalition forces detained two suspected insurgents in Kunduz province last night in their continued pursuit of an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan commander operating in Chahar Darah district.

Without identifying the name of the arrested commander, it stressed that,"The commander is well integrated with Taliban senior leadership in Kunduz province."

Six more Taliban fighters, according to officials in Taliban former stronghold Kandahar province in south Afghanistan, were killed on Wednesday.

"Intelligence reports indicated that a number of militants assembled to disrupt election process in Arghandab district but security forces conducted an operation on Wednesday as a result six rebels were killed," a senior police officer in the province Abdul Raziq told newsmen at a joint press conference with provincial governor Tooryali Weesa on Thursday.

The NATO-led troops in another statement stressed that precision air strike in Paktika province on Wednesday left three militants dead including a key Taliban commander Abdul Rahman.

Meanwhile, Taliban insurgents stormed a private company in the southern Ghazni province early Thursday killing seven employees of the firm, Taliban's purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location claimed.

However, a police officer Dillawar Zahid confirmed the attack, saying the insurgents raided a local security firm in Diak district Thursday morning killing five guards.

In another Taliban-linked insurgency, a rocket fired from unknown location hit a residential area in Baraki Barak district of Logar province, 60 km south of the capital city Kabul in the wee hours of Thursday, left two children killed and five more civilians including a woman sustained injuries, district governor Mohammad Rahim Amin confirmed.

Source: Xinhua


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