District governor, sons killed Afghanistan (Lead)

May 27th, 2009 - 9:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Kabul, May 27 (DPA) An Afghan district governor, his three sons and a civilian were killed in a Taliban ambush in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, while 15 militants were killed in fighting with Afghan and NATO-led forces in the same region, official said.
Nader Khan, the governor of Umni district in southeastern Paktika province, was en route to Yahyakhel district Wednesday afternoon when his vehicle was attacked by Taliban militants, the police said.

Khan and his three sons and a civilian passing by the area were killed. A fourth son was wounded.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted at their website and said the rebel fighters seized weapons and other “important documents” from the dead official’s vehicle.

The militants launched a new offensive, dubbed Nasrat (Victory), last month, vowing to increase the number of their attacks on Afghan government officials and international forces this year.

Separately, a group of Taliban militants attacked a patrol base for Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), with rockets and small-arms fire in the neighbouring Paktia province early Wednesday, sparking a five-hour gunbattle, ISAF said in a statement.

Attack helicopters were called in to engage the insurgents and protect the ground forces. Warplane dropped munitions on the rebel positions, it said.

There were no casualties among the Afghan or ISAF forces, it added.

Earlier Wednesday, the the US-led coalition force issued a statement saying four militants were killed and 10 others detained in operations in Logar and Khost provinces.

Five militants killed and five arrested following a gunbattle in a remote village in Logar province, while five more were detained during a search operation in Khost city, the capital city of Khost province.

More than 70,000 international troops from 42 nations are currently stationed in Afghanistan. The US government has ordered the deployment of 21,000 additional troops this summer.

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