15 militants killed in Afghanistan

June 15th, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, June 15 (Xinhua) At least 15 militants were killed by the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Coalition forces in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar during a search for runaway prisoners from Kandahar jail, a coalition statement said Sunday. “More than 15 insurgents were killed and five suspects were taken into custody by the ANA” Saturday in a farming compound in the province, the statement said.

“A large cache of munitions and improvised explosive device components were seized during the search,” it said, adding “the combined forces used precision air strikes to destroy the compound after insurgents attacked with small-arms fire.”

Taliban militants in an attack on the main prison in Kandahar city June 13 killed at least 15 prison guards and set free some 870 inmates, including jailed suspected Taliban militants, according to Afghan officials.

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