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Commander among 12 fighters killed

Commander among 12 fighters killed

Mar 09, 2011 - 14:14

PUL-I-KHUMRI (PANinfo-icon): A dozen militants, including a commander, were killed during a NATOinfo-icon-led operation in northern Baghlan province, officials said on Wednesday.

Matiullah, alias Bilal, and 11 of his associates were killed by in the Falol neighbourhood of Borka district late on Tuesday night, the district chief, Sangi Mohammad.

Matiullah replaced Fidayee, who was killed during an offensive four months ago. After his death, the district had stabilised to a large extent, Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News.

In Kabulinfo-icon, the ISAFinfo-icon media office said the man commanded approximately 80 foreign fighters of Uzbek, Chechen and Tajik descent. The fighters, who received bomb-making training from Uzbeks, had already placed 20 roadside bombs in the district.

Associated with the Talibaninfo-icon and Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the commander was involved in the recruitment and training of suicide bombers, the force said.

Bodies of the insurgents lay at the scene for quite some time, said a resident, Nabiullah. Six of the rebels were local Taliban and two belonged to Pakistaninfo-icon. Before the operation, the Pakistanis met locals and spoke Urdu language, he added.

The bodies of four other militants, killed by rocket shells, were mutilated beyond recognition, according to the villager, who said the troops detained the owner of the house where the fighters were staying.


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