20 militants killed in Afghanistan's Kunar province

13:38, November 30, 2010      

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Afghan and NATO-led troops eliminated at least 20 Taliban militants Tuesday when conducting security patrol in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, the military alliance said.

"A combined Afghan and International Security Assistance Force patrol killed numerous insurgents during multiple engagements while conducting a combined patrol in the Ghaziabad district of Kunar province today," the NATO-led ISAF said in a statement released here.

When the patrol received small-arms fire, they positively identified the insurgent firing positions and returned fire, it said.

"While continuing to receive fire, they called for artillery and close air support who engaged the insurgent firing positions," the statement said, "Initial reports indicate approximately 20 insurgents were killed in the engagement, with no civilian casualties,"

Taliban insurgents fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have intensified their activities against government and security forces since the beginning of this year.

However, the hard-liner militias have yet to make comments.

The mountainous Kunar and neighboring Nuristan province has been regarded as Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua


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