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88 killed in Kunar clashes

88 killed in Kunar clashes

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Apr 06, 2011 - 14:17

ASADABAD (PANinfo-icon): Eighty militants, six foreign and two Afghan troops were killed in clashes in the eastern province of Kunar, which borders Pakistaninfo-icon's lawless tribal region, the alliance said on Wednesday.

Several others militants were injured and detained during operations against militants in eastern provinces, NATOinfo-icon's International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) media office in Kabulinfo-icon said in a statement.

The defence ministry said Afghan and international forces killed dozens of Talibaninfo-icon in counterinsurgency operations in eastern Kunar province.

"Dozens of insurgents have been killed and 18 others arrested and 10 small and big weapon caches were also uncovered by the troops," the ministry said in a statement.

However, the statement did not reveal the exact number of casualties on militants and if the operation is continuing.

Sarkano district chief, Shah Mahmood, said the operation against insurgents was ongoing since last several days in Nawapas, Ganjal and Sapri areas of the district on the Pakistani border.

He had no exact figures for casualties, but said no civilian has so far been killed.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed that their eight fighters were killed and 10 others were wounded in clashes with the joint forces.

He claimed that 14 foreign soldiers were killed and several others were wounded during the clashes. Mujahid accused ISAF forces of shelling civilian houses during airstrikes. Several civilian residences were destroyed in ISAF bombardments, he said.

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