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30 insurgents killed in Kapsia airstrike

30 insurgents killed in Kapsia airstrike

Dec 31, 2010 - 19:58

MAHMOOD RAQI/KUNDUZ CITY (PANinfo-icon): Thirteen insurgents were killed in a NATOinfo-icon-led airstrike in central Kapisa province Friday, the alliance said.

In a statement, NATO said reports indicated there were no civilian casualties during the operation in Tagab district.The release issued no further details.

Elsewhere, a Talibaninfo-icon-designated governor for northern Kunduz province was killed by Afghan and foreign forces during a joint operation Thursday night, local officials said.

Kunduz provincial police chief, Brig. Gen. Abdur Rahman Syedkheili, told Pajhwok Afghan News the operation was carried out on a house in the Chahar Darra district after intelligence reports indicated the presence of the targeted individual, identified as Maulviinfo-icon Bahadar.

The operation involved personnel from Afghan national police and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon), he added.

Bahadar was killed along with an accomplice, Syedkheli said, adding Chechen fighters frequently visited the house, but they were not present at the time of the operation.

Maulvi Bahadar remained active in the province as a Taliban shadow governor for the province for the last three years, Chahar Darra district chief, Abdul Wahid Omarkhel, said.He said foreign troops arrested four people from the house where Bahadar was killed.

However, rebel spokesman, Zahibhullah Mujahid, said he has been in contact with fighters in the province, but no such incident had taken place. He said they had no official in the name of Maulvi Bahadar in Kunduz.

NATO's media office in Kabulinfo-icon said Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in Kunduz as they targeted a Taliban leader during a joint security operation.

Recently promoted to the role of area attack leader for Gor Tapa district, the targeted insurgent made improvised explosive devices and suicide vests, led a group of Taliban fighters and employs anti-aircraft weapons against Afghan and coalition forces, the alliance said in a statement.

It said the man worked closely with Taliban shadow governors in the area planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

The joint security force followed intelligence reports to a compound in Chahar Darra district. Upon arrival to the target location, the forces shot and killed an armed insurgent who fired upon the force. The security force recovered on the man an AK-47, multiple grenades and chest rack.

Afghan and coalition forces detained the suspected insurgents based on initial questioning at the scene.



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