9 coalition troops killed in Afghanistan fight

July 14th, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS  

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Kabul, July 14 (DPA) Nine International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed and 15 more wounded in fighting in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province, officials said Monday. The fighting began Sunday as “a well-organized attack, … a ferocious attack” by insurgents against a combat outpost of the Afghan National Army and the ISAF, said Captain Mike Finney, ISAF spokesman in Afghanistan.

The NATO-led ISAF troops, however, prevented the militants from over-running the outpost, he said, adding that rebel casualties were in the “high double figures.”

ISAF did not reveal the nationalities of its soldiers killed.

Meanwhile, the Islamist extremist Taliban have abducted Afghan Senator Abul Wali in Charkh district of Logar province Sunday, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told DPA.

“Abul Wali is with us now, he is fine and healthy, and we will announce our decision about his fate later,” the spokesman said.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zamarai Bashari confirmed the kidnapping, saying that around 7 a.m. local time Sunday gunmen disarmed Wali’s bodyguards and spirited him away “to an unknown location”.

In other developments, six Afghan guards were killed and two wounded by a roadside bomb while escorting a supply ISAF convoy in the Geresh district of southern Helmand province, officials said.

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