35 militants killed in Afghanistan

November 8th, 2008 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Nov 8 (DPA) At least 35 militants, including two rebel commanders, were killed in Afghanistan in separate clashes with Afghan and coalition forces, officials said Saturday.Two commanders were among 20 militants killed in a fight with Afghan ground forces and an airstrike by NATO forces in the Aab Band district of southern Ghazni province Friday, Asmail Jahangir, spokesman for the provincial governor said.

“Twenty Taliban, including, Mullah Hafiz and Mullah Kochi, were killed in this operation,” Jahangir said, adding that the militants were killed after the joint forces got intelligence information about their presence in the area.

Meanwhile, two would-be suicide bombers were killed when their explosive-filled vests exploded prematurely in northern province of Faryab, the Afghan Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Three other militants were killed and one other arrested by Afghan and NATO forces in Yaqoubi district of Khost province Friday, the defence ministry said.

In other incidents, US military said Saturday that their forces killed 10 insurgents and detained 13 others in separate operations in eastern province of Nangarhar and southeastern province of Khost Friday.

Six militants were killed and ten others were arrested in Acheen district of Nangarhar, while four other militants were killed and three detained in Spera and Sabari districts of the Khost province, the US military said.

Two other “known Taliban militants” were killed by Afghan and NATO forces in Khak Safaeed district of western Farah province, a separate Afghan Defence Ministry statement said Saturday.

Meanwhile, in a series of assassinations of high government officials, gunmen killed Astad Qasim, the district administrative chief of Teyura district of western Ghor province Friday evening, provincial police chief Shah Jahan Noori said.

Taliban-led militants have killed several Afghan provincial officials in southern, eastern and western provinces of the country recently.

Taliban militants have stepped up their attacks on Afghan and international forces this year. Over 4,000 people - mostly insurgents - have been killed in Afghanistan in 2008 so far.

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