7 militants killed in S. Afghanistan
Seven Taliban insurgents were killed Tuesday night as Afghan troops with the support of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) conducted a cleanup operation in Qarabagh district of Afghanistan' s southern Ghazni province, police said Wednesday. "Afghan and ISAF forces, acting on intelligence reports launched an operation against the militants who were busy in planting roadside bombs to target Afghan and international troops in the areas. As a result seven militants were killed and another injured," deputy to provincial police chief Nawroz Ali Mahmoudzada told Xinhua.
He said that no casualties on ISAF troopers and civilians have been reported yet.
Meantime, Taliban purported spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in talks with media, rejected the claim and said that no fighters of the outfit had been killed in the clash which lasted for a while.
In a separate incident, according to Mahmoudzada, militants shot and killed a 12 years-old boy in Ghazni's Wagha district.
"The father of the child who served as police official was killed months ago," he said, adding the child was seriously injured and later died of his wounds in hospital.