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NATO-led forces arrest 8 rebels in Herat

NATO-led forces arrest 8 rebels in Herat

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Feb 26, 2011 - 13:46

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): NATOinfo-icon-led forces arrested eight Talibaninfo-icon fighters, including a local commander, in western Herat province, an ISAFinfo-icon spokesman said on Saturday.

The militants were arrested during a three-day operation in Zabul area of Shindand district, Lt. Col. Igor Piani told Pajhwok Afghan News.

A senior Taliban commander, named Mullahinfo-icon Bashir, was among the detainees, he said, adding one of ISAF armoured vehicles hit a roadside bomb on its way to Herat City on Friday night. The vehicle was damaged and one soldier slightly injured.

However, a Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousaf Ahmadi claimed five Italian soldiers were killed in the bomb attack. But international forces denied the claim as baseless.

Italy has about 3,300 soldiers in Afghanistaninfo-icon, most of them stationed in Herat. Thirty-six Italian soldiers have so far lost their lives in Afghanistan since 2002.

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