Over 10 insurgents killed in Taliban hotbed: NATO

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A joint patrol team of Afghan and NATO-led forces killed over 10 militants in Taliban hotbed Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan Monday, the military alliance said in a statement issued here Tuesday. "An Afghan National Security and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol killed numerous insurgents in Shah Wali Kot district, northern Kandahar province, Monday," the statement said.

It said the joint force was conducting a dismounted patrol after receiving intelligence reports indicating a large number of insurgents, including many high-ranking leaders would be present in the area, the statement said. "As the Afghan and ISAF patrol entered the area, they were met with heavy small-arms and machine-gun fire," it added.

After the combined troops engaged the insurgents, they went through a number of nearby compounds and evacuated and protected 34 women and many children, while they were taking fire, it said. "Having sheltered the civilians, the combined force cleared the insurgents-firing positions, killing more than 10 insurgents and detained several more, including one who was taken to a coalition hospital for medical care," the statement said.

The patrol recovered 23 AK-47s, nine heavy machine-guns and nine pistols from the area, it further said.

Taliban militants, fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops, have yet to make comment.

Source: Xinhua

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