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4 militants killed in Afghanistan's Khost province

03-04-2011 14:57 BJT

KABUL, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Afghan and NATO forces during search operation eliminated four militants in Afghanistan's Khost province, some 150 km southeast of capital city Kabul, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement on Friday.

"Afghan and coalition forces killed Usman Ghani, a Haqqani network facilitator, detained 10 suspected insurgents and killed three Afghan males, who threatened the security force during an operation targeting Haqqani network leaders in Nadir Shah Kot district, Khost province, yesterday," said the statement.

Usman Ghani was operated in the district where he was responsible for Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks against Afghan National Army and coalition forces.

According to recent intelligence reports Ghani was responsible for an IED attack against an Afghan and coalition force convoy in Khost district March 2 and had knowledge of other insurgents placing IEDs on a district roadway for an attack against Afghan and coalition convoys that use the route, the statement said.

Haqqani network, under Sarajudin Haqqani, is the military wing of Taliban outfit has been operating in Afghanistan's eastern region bordering Pakistan's tribal areas and the capital city Kabul.

The eastern Khost and neighboring Paktika province has been the scene of Taliban-led insurgency over the past couple of years.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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