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|Tuesday, October 09, 2001, updated at 23:21(GMT+8)|
Taliban Air Force Commander Killed in US-British Air Raids: SourceAkhtar Mohammad Mansour, Commander of Afghan Taliban militants' air force, was killed during the US- British air raids on Afghanistan on Monday, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday.
Ahmad Nourzehi, an informed source in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan bordering Afghanistan, was quoted as saying late Monday night that he received the news by phone from Afghanistan.
Another high ranking Taliban military officer Umar Ataie, Commander of Nangarhar's first battalion, was also killed during the air raids.
However, the news has not been confirmed by any independent source, the IRNA said.
In retaliation for the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the U.S. and British forces on Sunday launched air strikes and cruise missiles at targets in Afghanistan, including Taliban air bases and air defense batteries as well as training camps belonging to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda Organization.
On Monday, the U.S. launched a fresh wave of attacks against the Taliban in Afghanistan, who have been accused of harboring Saudi- born bin Laden, the "prime suspect" of the terror attacks in the United States.
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