13 Taliban insurgents killed, 15 held in Afghanistan

April 18th, 2008 - 12:36 am ICT by admin  

Kabul, April 17 (DPA) Afghan and coalition forces killed 13 Taliban fighters and arrested 15 others in separate raids and clashes in Afghanistan, officials said Thursday. Afghan police, intelligence and US-led coalition forces killed ten Taliban militants on the Kabul-Kandahar highway Thursday morning, the interior ministry said in a statement.

Two militants were wounded and two arrested in the operation which took place in Pasht Ganda area of southern Ghazni province, the statement said.

In a separate clash with Afghan troops in the same province Thursday, three militants were killed, according to a defence ministry statement.

There were no casualties among the combined forces in either encounter, the Afghan officials said.

In a separate statement the Afghan interior ministry said their forces arrested a Taliban commander, Mullah Toor Jan, who was involved in terrorist activities in Uruzgan province.

The arrested commander has been sought by the police for the past two years, before he was arrested in the province Wednesday, the statement said.

US-led coalition forces meanwhile arrested “two targeted militants and 10 suspected militants” in an operation in southeastern and western Afghanistan, US military said in a statement.

The combined forces detained two known militants involved in roadside attacks, along with five of their associates in Khost province Wednesday, the statement added.

Afghan and coalition forces have arrested thousands of suspected Taliban militants since the ouster of Taliban regime in late 2001, but most of them have not been tried so far.

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