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18 insurgents killed in Nuristan, Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

13:36, November 21, 2011

PARUN, Afghanistan, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- A total of 18 insurgents have been killed in an on-going cleanup operation in Kamdesh district of Afghanistan's Nuristan province with Parun as its capital, 180 km east of capital city of Kabul, a provincial official said on Monday.

"A joint cleanup operation was launched by Afghan Border Police, Afghan army and NATO-led Coalition forces on Friday and so far as we know 18 insurgents including six local leaders have been killed, " provincial governor Tamim Nuristani told Xinhua.

The governor also said joint forces detained seven suspected militants during the operation besides discovering and seizing a handful of weapons and ammunitions in the operation, which is still going on.

"Six more insurgents have been injured during the mentioned operation in the remote district of Kamdesh bordering Pakistan," Nuristani added.

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