30 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan (Lead)

June 25th, 2009 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, June 24 (DPA) Thirty Taliban militants were killed in clashes with NAvTO and Afghan forces in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.
A statement from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said 25 Taliban fighters were killed in the southern Kandahar province Tuesday night in a raid on rebel hideouts.

NATO and Afghan forces raided Taliban compounds used for making roadside bombs near the Belandi area, the statement said.

Explosives and weapons were also found in the compounds after the operation ended, it said.

Elsewhere, ISAF and Afghan troops said they killed a Taliban commander involved in roadside attacks in the southwestern Farah province. hey also captured three other rebels in the provincial capital Farah Monday.

In the southern province of Zabul, local officials say two intelligence officials and four Taliban fighters were killed in separate incidents.

In Helmand province, where NATO-led British troops have launched a major offensive, ISAF said its troops killed a driver after he failed to heed warnings to stop his car in the Babaji area, north of the provincial capital Lashkargah.

Meanwhile, the Taliban said they destroyed a military vehicle of NATO troops and killed several soldiers in an attack in Babaji area Tuesday.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said NATO and Afghan forces landed in the desert of Babaji three days ago and that the militants had heavily mined the area to prevent troop advances.

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