Afghan villagers kill 3 Taliban insurgents, hold 11

Other News Materials 18 July 2009 20:11 (UTC +04:00)

Villagers in a far-flange Afghan village stood against Taliban fighters in the eastern Nangarhar province, and killed three insurgents and held 11 others, a private television channel reported Saturday, Xinhua reported.

"A group of Taliban militants raided the house of a police officer in Achin district Friday night but the locals took arm and fought the insurgents. As a result three rebels were killed and 11 others were made captive," Tolo television.

Two of the killed Taliban insurgents were foreigners, the television quoted Nangarhar province as saying.

This is the first time that locals in Afghanistan stood against Taliban insurgents.

The television also reported that militants were able to kidnap a local during the firefight.

Taliban fighters have intensified their activities as the date for the second presidential election in the post-Taliban country is drawing closer.

Afghanistan presidential and provincial council election will be held on August 20 amid tight security.