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    6 insurgents killed, as many detained in Nuristan

    JALALABAD (PAN): Officials in eastern Nuristan province on Monday said six Taliban fighters were killed and as many detained during a five-hour joint operation by Afghan and foreign soldiers.

    The six militants killed in Kama area of Kamdesh district included top insurgent Commander Shaheen, Governor Tamim Nuristani told Pajhwok Afghan News. The detainees were taken to a base of foreign troops.

    But the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Media office said that the soldiers had killed seven guerrillas in the offensive.

    No civilian was killed or wounded in the operation, which cleared Kamo and Kokia areas of rebels, said Idris Momand, a spokesman for the Afghan National Army (ANA) border brigade.

    In northeastern Badakhshan province, two civilians were killed during a clash between supporters of two former commanders in the Keran Wa Manjan district. The clash occurred in the Anjuman area late on Sunday night, governor's spokesman said.  One civilian was wounded in the clash, Abdul Maroof Rasikh added.

    The gunbattle erupted between supporters of Abdul Malik and Ghulam Nasir, both former jihadi commanders, an intelligent official said on condition of anonymity.

    In southwestern Farah, one insurgent was killed and another arrested as a result of a firefight with police. The incident took place when rebels attacked a police checkpoint in Khak-i-Safid district, said the deputy police chief, Col. Mohammad Ghaus Malyar.