Several insurgents killed in E Afghanistan: NATO

12:09, January 09, 2011      

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Several insurgents were killed as NATO-led forces raided their hideouts in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province on Friday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement released in Kabul on Saturday.

"Coalition forces targeted an al-Qaida-associated Taliban leader with a precision air strike in Kunar province yesterday, killing several suspected insurgents,"the statement said.

The air strike occurred as the targeted leader and other suspected insurgents were identified in a remote area in Darah-ye Pech district of Kunar province with Assadabad as its capital some 185 km east of Afghan capital Kabul.

The targeted leader is an active attack planner who leads at least 25 fighters, the statement said. Additionally, he maintains close contact with al-Qaida leaders and facilitators in the province, the statement added.

On the other hand, Zabihullah Mujahid who claimed to talk for Taliban in contact with media via cell phone from undisclosed location confirmed the incident, saying "five fighters were killed during the operation."

Source: Xinhua
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