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15 Taliban killed in south

15 Taliban killed in south

Aug 16, 2010 - 18:20

<!--break--><p>GHAZNI CITY / LASHKARGAH (PAN): Two commanders were among 15 Taliban insurgents killed during separate operations by Afghan and international forces in southern Afghanistan, officials said on Monday.</p><p>A local Taliban commander, Saleem, was among five fighters killed on Sunday night in a NATO air strike in Khozi area of Maqur district of Ghazni province, detective police chief, Col. Ghani Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News.</p><p>A rocket launcher, a machine gun and three Kalashnikovs were recovered from the militants, he added.</p><p>However the Maqur district chief, Sahib Khan, said nine Taliban fighters were killed in the air strike, adding they were going to plant a roadside bomb when they were targeted.</p><p>Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed the deaths of two of their fighters, adding three civilians were also killed in the attack.</p><p>Maqur district is about 100 kilometres south of the provincial capital, Ghazni city, and is one of the most violent districts of the province.</p><p>Elsewhere a Taliban commander was killed by NATO-led coalition forces on Friday in Nad Ali district of the southern province of Helmand, the forces said in a statement on Monday.</p><p>The commander was conducting attacks on security personnel, acting as a facilitator for roadside bombs and was a senior tactical-level commander with high-level Taliban connections in the district, the statement added.</p><p>Five Taliban fighters were killed on Sunday night in an air strike in the Mullah Adam area of Sangin district of the province, the governor's spokesman, Daud Ahmadi, said.</p><p>He added the insurgents were planting bombs when NATO helicopters targeted them, but Taliban has denied the claim.</p><p>myn/cas</p>

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