8 rebels killed in Kunar, Helmand operations
ASADABAD (PAN): Eight insurgents have been and three others detained killed during joint combat operations in eastern Kunar and southern Helmand provinces, officials said on Friday.
Six fighters, including a Pakistani citizen, were killed by Afghan and coalition forces after their joint patrol came under attack in Dangam district, the police chief, Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Ziayee, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
NATO-led forces confirmed Thursday's operation, saying the patrol was attacked with small arms by numerous insurgents. Afghan and coalition forces returned fire and called for close air support.
As a result of retaliatory fire and air support, numerous insurgents were killed during the operation that lasted several hours and, the International Security Assistance Force said in a statement.
Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said that three foreign soldiers were killed in the assault. The fighters escaped unhurt in the ensuing airstrike, he added.
In Helmand, police shot dead a Taliban commander and one of his associates in Greshk district. Three rebels were caught alive after they attacked a poppy-eradicating team in Spin Jumaat area, the district police chief said.
Col. Zmaray, who identified the rebel commander as Momin, said the police seized weapons and four motorbikes from the militants. Despite the attack, 125 acres of poppies were destroyed in the area on Thursday, he added.
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