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    9 killed in new wave of violence

    GARDEZ (PAN): Five insurgents were killed and a sixth wounded during an overnight operation by NATO-led soldiers in the southeastern province of Paktia, an official said on Sunday.

    Afghan forces did not participate in their operation in Daulatzai area of Zurmat district, provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Ghaffar Sapi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Although ISAF soldiers based in the southeast are yet to comment on the offensive, a Taliban spokesman acknowledged the rebel fatalities and claimed the fighters had also killed some foreign soldiers.

    In neighbouring Logar, police chief, Brig. Gen. Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai said a top Taliban commander was killed and six others were wounded during a clash in Charkh district.

    In southwestern Nimroz province, officials said two militants were arrested in Chakh Nasoor district on Saturday night. One Kalashnikov, a satellite phone set and a car were recovered from the militants, said police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabbar Purdali.

    In the same province, Khashrod district chief, Mohammad Hasham Noorzai, said a policeman was killed while defusing a roadside bomb. The insurgents had planted the bomb on the Zaranj-Dilaram highway, Noorzai alleged.

    Elsewhere, a former jihadi commander, Abdul Khaliq was killed along with his son in a Taliban ambush in northern Kunduz province.

    A local resident, Mohammad Ajmal, said the former jihadi commander was recently appointed as a commander of a tribal militia.

    The Taliban said Khaliq was killed for supporting the Afghan government.