Afghan National Army and U.S. Marines Kill 40 Taliban In Farah Province Operation

Taliban Commander Killed In Kunduz Province By Afghan Police 2009-09-29 01:03:40

KABUL, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Over 40 Taliban militants, including four local commanders, were killed in Afghanistan's western Farah province since Afghan National Army (ANA) and U.S. Marines on Monday kicked off an offensive against the outfits, an official said.

"Over 40 Taliban militants were killed during the joint operation launched by ANA and U.S. Marines in Shiwan village of Balabluk district where the militants have been active for long time," Abdul Wakil Ghori, an ANA spokesman told Xinhua.

Ghori said that four Taliban commanders including Shen Shir and Mullah Sultan were killed in the operation, adding "all insurgents have evacuated from the area."

The official further said that six ANA soldiers and three U.S. soldiers were injured in the operation.

Younus Rasul the deputy to Farah governor also confirmed that over three dozens of militants killed in the operation.

"We contacted the local people in Shiwan, no civilian causalities were reported," Rasul told Xinhua.

However, Ghori said that only one woman got wounded in the firefight but she is in good condition.

Taliban militants, fighting Afghan and international forces, have yet to make comment over the newly launched operation. 2009-09-29 13:21:04

KABUL, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A Taliban commander was killed in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan as he came in contact with police, Inspector General of police in the province said Tuesday.

"Policemen shot dead Taliban key commander Mullah Rashid in Kunduz province during an operation on Monday evening," Abdul Razaq Yaqubi told Xinhua.

Rashid was on motorbike along with his guard when he came under police attack and was killed on the spot, but his guard escaped, the police officer said.

Taliban militants have yet to make any comment.

Kunduz, a relatively peaceful province in north Afghanistan until last year, has been the scene of growing Taliban-linked insurgency over the past several months.