Afghan conflicts leave 11 dead, 21 militants detained

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-1-15 20:12:49

The Taliban-linked militancy and cleanup operations elsewhere in the militancy-plagued Afghanistan have left 11 people including three civilians dead over the past 24 hours, officials said on Tuesday.

In the latest mop up against Taliban militants, three Taliban fighters were killed in Logar province 60 km south of Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, the NATO-led coalition troops said in a statement released here.

"During an operation in Baraki Barak district, Logar province, an Afghan and coalition security force killed three insurgents and arrested a Taliban leader," the statement added.

The arrested leader was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) expert who oversaw a group of insurgents operating in the province, according to the statement.

Five Taliban fighters were killed and seven others sustained injuries in an identical operation which launched in Bakwa district of Farah province 695 km west of Kabul on Monday and wrapped up Tuesday morning, Inspector General Police of Farah province, Aqa Mir Kintoz told Xinhua.

Meantime, a Taliban-linked roadside bombing claimed the lives of three civilians in Taliban former stronghold Kandahar on Monday, a local official said Tuesday.

"A mine planted by Taliban rebels on a road in Mianshin district of Kandahar province 450 km south of Kabul, went off Monday afternoon killing three innocent civilians including a woman and her child," district governor Rozi Khan told Xinhua.

Moreover, the Afghan and NATO-led forces, according to officials have arrested 21 suspected Taliban militants during joint and independent operations elsewhere in the conflict-ridden country since Monday.

Taliban militants, who often spurn the claims made by government officials, have yet to make comment over military activities and possible causalities in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours.

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