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8 insurgents killed in E. Afghanistan operations

02-10-2012 14:04 BJT

KABUL, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Eight insurgents have been killed in joint Afghan forces and NATO-led Coalition troops operations in eastern Afghan region, NATO-led forces said on Friday.

"Afghan and Coalition forces killed eight insurgents and detained two suspected individuals in eastern Afghanistan during operations throughout the past 24 hours, Feb. 9," the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces said in a press release.

"A Coalition Force air strike killed six insurgents in response to rocket propelled grenade and small arms fire in Nijrab District, (eastern) Kapisa Province," it said, adding "The joint forces also killed two insurgents after receiving mortar fire in Khost District, Khost Province,"

The Afghan National Police arrested two individuals who matched biometric data during routine clearance in Khost District of eastern Khost Province. The detainees were transported to a nearby base for questioning, it added.

"Operations in RC-East (Regional Command-East) are still ongoing," it said.

Afghan officials often use the word "insurgents" referring to the Taliban. However, the insurgent group, who launched in May 2011 a rebel offensive against Afghan and NATO forces, has yet to make comments.

Afghan forces and NATO-led coalition troops have intensified cleanup operations throughout the post-Taliban country recently. Over 110 insurgents have been killed and more than 430 others detained across the country since the beginning of this year, according to figures released by the Afghan Interior Ministry.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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