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    2 suspected militants killed in ISAF airstrike

    KHOST CITY (PAN): Two suspected militants were killed in a NATO-led airstrike and two policemen injured in an explosion in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Monday.

    An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter struck two men planting roadside bombs in the Qarghandi area of Sabari district late on Sunday night, an Afghan army officer said.

    Maj. Saat Gul Hotak, the 203rd Military Corps spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News three suspected rebels were detained along with weapons and explosives during an operation in Sabari and Domanda districts.

    Elsewhere in the province, two policemen sustained injuries in a roadside bomb explosion, said Brig. Gen. Sardar Mohammad, the provincial police chief. The blast took place at around 9:30am in the Orzai area of Ismailkhel district.

    But Dr. Hidayatullah Hamidi, acting director of Khost Civil Hospital, said they had received five injured policemen from the area. Four of the injured were referred to a US health facility in the Saharabad area.

    Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed a number of security personnel were killed in the blast. However, he would not give specific casualty figures.

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