Afghan, NATO troops kill 43 militants, detain 19 in two days

Afghan, NATO troops kill 43 militants, detain 19 in two days
# 08 October 2011 17:28 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have eliminated 43 anti- government militants and detained 19 others in separate operations since Friday, officials said Saturday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

In the latest crackdown against militants, the troops raided a house in Kunduz province killing four insurgents Saturday morning, an official said.

Afghan police backed by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) raided a house in Kunduz city the capital of Kunduz province 250 km north of capital city Kabul and killed four Taliban insurgents Saturday, provincial police spokesman said. "Acting upon an intelligence report, police in coordination with NATO-led forces raided a house in Kanduz city at 03:00 a.m. local time today as a result four Taliban rebels including their commander namely Qari Shafiq were killed," Syed Sarwar Hussaini told Xinhua.

In another development, a statement released by NATO-led ISAF late Friday night said that the largest coordinated insurgent attack since 2009 against NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) bases failed Friday morning.

"At least 25 insurgents were confirmed killed during the attacks", the statement added.

Insurgents unsuccessfully used indirect fire from multiple locations in the Gormal, Sarobi and Barmal districts of Paktika province, some 160 km south of Afghan capital Kabul, the statement said, adding, "One Coalition member was slightly wounded" during the attack.

Similarly, security forces launched an operation against anti- government insurgents in Logar province 60 km south of capital city Kabul Friday night killing five militants and detained eight others, local officials said Saturday. "The operation covered Hakim Khil village in Mohammad Agha district has led to the killing of five insurgents and capturing four others," Deen Mohammad Darvish the spokesman for Logar governor told Xinhua.

Meantime, another official Shahidullah Shahid said that four more Taliban insurgents including their commander Mullah Rahmatullah were also captured by security forces in Logar province Friday night.

Moreover, Afghan police, backed by army and NATO-led Coalition forces, had killed nine insurgents and detained 11 others in eastern Afghanistan’s Laghman province, Afghan Interior Ministry said on Saturday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with army and Coalition forces launched an operation in eastern Laghman province killing nine armed insurgents and detaining 11 other insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and NATO-led troops have yet to make comment