30 militants killed in Afghanistan

February 21st, 2008 - 7:44 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, Feb 21 (Xinhua) Afghan troops have killed 30 Taliban insurgents, including a commander, in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand, a defence ministry statement said Thursday. Mullah Abdul Bari and 29 of his men were killed Wednesday in a five-hour operation supported by air force and conducted in Musa Qala and Kajaki districts of the troubled province, the statement said.

It said 12 more insurgents were detained during the operation.

Afghan troops have also seized a large number of arms and ammunitions, besides destroying a heroin lab and discovering 500 kg narcotics from militant hideouts, the statement added.

There was no immediate Taliban reaction to government claim on Helmand engagement.

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