6 militants, 3 guards killed in Maidan Wardak
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) carried out an airstrike at about 2 am on four bomb planters trying to plant roadside mines -- killing two militants and two other fighters detained in Salaro in Syedabad district on Kabul-Kandahar highway, said the district chief Dr. Fazal Karim Muslim.
Some hand grenades, 25 kg of explosives and equipments for planting mines were recovered from the militants, he said.
A Taliban group leader Zia-ur-Rahmad and their deputy commander Amir Gul were among the dead in the airstrike, he added.
Separately, three Taliban fighters were killed on Monday evening during a clash with private security guards in Qutari area in the district, said Muslim, adding that three trucks supplying foreign forces were also destroyed in the gun battle.
Three security guards were killed and a fourth wounded in another clash with Taliban fighters in Mullahkhel, in Narkh district, said the governor’s spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.
A Taliban fighter was also killed and another detained in the clash, he added.
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