Afghan clashes leave over two dozen militants deadAugust 2nd, 2008 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS
Kabul, Aug 2 (Xinhua) Conflicts in Afghanistan have left more than two dozen militants dead in a single day, officials said here Saturday. Afghan forces, backed by the US-led coalition troops, Friday eliminated more than 12 insurgents in the southern Uruzgan province, a military press release said.
“Afghan forces and coalition forces killed more than a dozen militants during a security patrol in Shaheed Hasas district, Uruzgan province Friday,” the statement said.
Another release issued by the coalition forces said several insurgents were killed in the western Farah province on the same day.
“Coalition forces killed several militants during an operation in Farah province Friday night,” the release noted.
The militants’ location was pinpointed through intelligence reports to a remote area known to be a safe haven for Taliban and foreign fighters, it added.
After the militants were positively identified and US forces determined that there were no non-combatants in the area, coalition aircraft carried out an air strike leaving several militants dead, it said.
Moreover, Asmatullah Alizai, the police chief of eastern Paktia province, told Xinhua that a gunbattle between police and the insurgents left eight rebels dead Friday.
Afghan police also arrested five militants in the country’s northern Baghlan province, according to a statement of interior ministry.
Taliban militants have yet to make comments on the claims made by the coalition and the Afghan officials.
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