Afghan, NATO forces kill 5 Taliban insurgents, arrest 17 near Kabul 2009-11-17 21:15:57   Print

    KABUL, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers backed by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) eliminated five Taliban insurgents and detained 14 others in separate operations outside the capital city Kabul, officials said Tuesday.

    "Acting upon intelligence reports the joint forces raided a compound in Syed Abad district of Wardak provinces 40 km west of Kabul on Monday, killing four rebels on the spot," Shahidullah Shahid the spokesman for Wardak provincial administration told Xinhua.

    A woman was also killed in the compound, while two more militants had been arrested, he added, but did not say if the woman was an associate militant.

    In another operation, an armed militant and a farmer were killed while three suspects had been arrested by the joint forces in Nirkh district on the same day in the same province, according to Shahid.

    No causalities have been reported on joint forces, he stressed.

    The statement also said 12 suspect militants responsible for anti-government activities were arrested in Mosahi district in south of Kabul province on the same day Monday.

    Taliban militants have yet to make comments.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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