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5 Taliban dead in Wardak airstrike

5 Taliban dead in Wardak airstrike

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Sep 13, 2011 - 13:33

MAIDAN SHAHR (PANinfo-icon): Five Talibaninfo-icon fighters were killed during an airstrike by international troops in the central province of Maidan Wardak, officials said on Tuesday.

The overnight air raid took place during an operation by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) in Syedabad district, the governor's spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The operation was conducted on the basis of intelligence in the Shneez area of the Taliban-infested district, where 77 US troops were killed during a suicide attack this week, said the administrative head of the town, Dr. Muslim.

The bodies of five Taliban were seen in the area after the operation that inflicted no casualties on civilians.

In a brief statement, the ISAF said that a combined Afghan and coalition patrol came under insurgent fire in the province on Monday. The combined force returned fire and called for air support, killing 4 insurgents.

There is no operational reporting of civilians casualties in the incident, the statement concluded

Nearly a month ago, 31 US and seven Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed when a US Chinook helicopter crashed in the Tangi Valley of the same district.

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