Afghan woman among more than dozen killed in clashes, bombing

Other News Materials 23 November 2008 13:38 (UTC +04:00)

US-led troops killed a female civilian and two militants in a clash in southern Afghanistan, while nine rebels including a senior commander and two policemen were killed in separate attacks, officials said Sunday.

The woman was killed when coalition forces clashed with militants in Zabul province on Thursday, US military said in a statement, dpa reported.

One male civilian and two other female civilians were wounded in the clash and taken to a military hospital for treatment, it said.

In a separate incident, Taliban militants attacked the Aab Band district headquarters in southern Ghazni province on Saturday night and wounded a police officer, provincial government spokesman Ismail Jahangir said.

He said the troops killed eight Taliban militants and wounded five others.

Two police forces were killed and three were wounded when their vehicle was blown up by a mine in Andar district of the same Ghazni province, Jahangir said.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said that forces killed a senior Taliban commander in Garmsir district of southern province of Helmand, ISAF said in a statement.

The statement said commander Mullah Asad was killed November 19. "Asad was a senior Taliban Operational Commander for Southern Helmand and was linked to numerous attacks in the Garmsir district."

His death came three weeks after another senior commander in Garmsir district, Mullah Mashar, was killed during a similar operation, the statement added.

Separately, US-led forces detained eight suspected militants in an operation that targeted a commander of Haqqani network, an associate group of Taliban insurgent on Saturday, the US military said in a statement.

The captured rebels were involved in planning attack against Afghan and coalition forces in the region, as well as killing civilians who work with the government and foreign forces in the eastern region.

More than 70,000 international troops and over 150,000 Afghan security forces have been battling the resurgent Taliban fighters since the ouster of ultra-Islamic regime in a US invasion in late 2001.

The insurgents led by Islamic students have intensified their attacks on Afghan and foreign forces in country recently.

More than 4,000 people - mostly insurgents, but including hundreds of Afghan and international forces - have been killed in Afghanistan conflict so far this year.