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6 rebels killed, explosives-laden van destroyed

6 rebels killed, explosives-laden van destroyed

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Dec 23, 2013 - 14:09

GHAZNI CITY (PANinfo-icon): Half a dozen insurgents have been killed and a targeted NATOinfo-icon airstrike destroyed an explosives-laden vehicle in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Monday.

Three militants were killed and nine others captured alive during a joint Afghan-ISAFinfo-icon operation in the Gilan district on Sunday night, said Nazifullah Sultani, a spokesman for the Afghan army’s 203rd Thunder Military Corps.

The combined troops also conducted an operation in Chahar Qala area of Maqur district, killing two insurgents and injuring as many others, he said, claiming the troops stayed unhurt during the offensives.

The same night, Sultani said, foreign troops hit an explosives-packed van from the air in Gero district and destroyed it.

The Afghan military official said insurgents wanted to use the explosives-laden vehicle in an attack on the district headquarters.

However, a Talibaninfo-icon spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, denied any fighter had been killed in Gilan and Maqur districts. He claimed those arrested by the joint forces were local residents.

Mujahid claimed a commander was among three policemen killed in a bomb attack in Ghazni City, the provincial capital. However, his claim could not be officially confirmed.

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