Seven Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

November 24th, 2008 - 2:32 pm ICT by IANS  

TalibanKabul, Nov 24 (Xinhua) Seven Taliban militants have been killed by US-led Coalition forces during an operation to disrupt the insurgents’ roadside bomb and foreign fighter networks in eastern Afghanistan, a military statement said Monday.Coalition forces targeted one of the senior Taliban commanders in Ghazni province and raided his hideout in Qarbagh district late Sunday, the statement said.

When the forces reached the targeted building, they were besieged by small-arms fire and hand grenades from militants barricaded inside the compound, it said.

“Coalition force returned fire, killing seven armed militants inside,” the statement said, adding that huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the building and destroyed to prevent any future use.

Spiralling conflicts and Taliban-linked insurgency have killed over 5,000 people, most of them militants, till date this year in the war-ravaged country.

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