2'Pakistanis' among 26 dead in Afghanistan (Afghanistan)
On Thursday, three Afghan soldiers were killed when their convoy hit a mine or roadside bomb in eastern Paktia province, said Gen Murad Ali, a regional corps commander.
KABUL: Afghan troops killed 13 suspected Taliban militants including two Pakistani nationals on Friday, taking the death toll from violence in Afghanistan in two days to 26, officials said.
The militants were killed in an army sweep of an area around Tirin Kot city, the capital of restive Uruzgan province which has seen several counter-insurgency operations in the past weeks.
"Among the 13 bodies on the site, two are Pakistani nationals. They have Pakistani ID cards," said General Rahmatullah Raufi, the Afghan army commander for southern Afghanistan.
Uruzgan, where 1,400 Dutch troops are deploying to be part of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)-led force that is moving into southern Afghanistan, has seen some intense battles in recent weeks. Suspected militants on a motorbike gunned down two Afghan aid workers, while a provincial security chief and a senior police officer were also killed on the same day, officials said.
A third aid worker was wounded in Thursday's attack in northern Balkh province, said Sher Jahn Durani, spokesman for the provincial police chief.
The militants opened fire on the three workers after they left in a car from a village in Chimtal district where they were helping farmers, Durani said. It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack. The workers were believed to be from the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance organisation that works in the health, agriculture and education sectors.
The attack follows the shooting deaths late last month of three female Afghan workers for ActionAid International in neighbouring Jawzjan province.
Meanwhile in western Farah province, two gunmen riding in a car opened fire on the provincial security director as he was walking in a market in the town of Bala Buluk on Thursday, killing him, said Sayed Aga Saqib, the provincial police chief.
In neighbouring Herat province, militants with assault rifles ambushed the commander of a battalion of border police, killing him and three bodyguards, said Abdul Salam, chief of Shindand district where the attack occurred on Thursday evening.
Also on Thursday, three Afghan soldiers were killed when their convoy hit a mine or roadside bomb in eastern Paktia province, said Gen Murad Ali, a regional corps commander.
In Kapisa province, north of Kabul, a gun battle between suspected militants and Afghan soldiers on Thursday killed three militants and wounded four, said Gen Zahir Azimi, the Defence Ministry spokesman. One militant was arrested.
Police said meanwhile that they had arrested on Friday the Taliban commander of several districts of southwestern Nimroz province who was responsible for "terrorist activities" including the killing of four policemen.
The commander, Mullah Manaan, was arrested with arms and a vehicle and had been a district governor during the 1996-2001 Taliban regime.
"In the past he was involved in attacks on police posts and was leading the attacks," Ministry of Interior spokesman Yousuf Stanizai said. Emmanuel Reinert, the head of the Senlis Council think tank, warned in London on Tuesday that British troops must regain control in Helmand or "the whole of southern Afghanistan will be lost to the Taliban insurgents".
Meanwhile, 33 Afghans, arrested during security operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan then held for between four and 22 months, have been freed from detention the main US base in Afghanistan, said Syed Sharif Yousafi, spokesman for a national reconciliation commission. Agencies
Von: 10.06.2006, http://www.pakistanlink.com