4 rebels dead; ISAF drone crashes in Kunduz
Commander Qari Shafiq was killed along with his three fighters during a joint operation by Afghan and foreign soldiers in the Tobra Kosh area on the outskirts of Kunduz City, the police spokesman, Syed Masrur, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Four Kalashnikovs were also recovered from the commander’s house as a result of the overnight raid, he said, adding the rebels' bodies were hand over to relatives. No security personnel suffered casualties in the incident.
Shafiq was a key Taliban commander who had recently come from Pakistan to the province, he said, explaining he was involved in attacks on security forces, roadside bombings, and other disruptive activities.
However, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement that two commanders were gunned down and three suspects were netted in the operation. The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
Meanwhile, an ISAF unmanned aircraft crashed on Friday evening due to technical failure in the Charkh Aab area, said the alliance media office in Kunduz.
However, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed that rebels had shot down the aircraft.
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