Afghan troops among 47 dead in new violence
24 September, 2012
KABUL: Thirty-six militants and nearly a dozen Afghan National Army troops were killed during separate incidents of violence in different parts of the country over the past 24 hours, officials said on Sunday.
Eleven members of the Haqqani network were killed during joint operations by Afghan and international troops in the Qara Bagh district of southern Ghazni province on Saturday night, the provincial intelligence chief told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Syed Amir Shah Sadat said the dead included two senior Haqqanis named Mullah Zakir Kochi and Mullah Agha Jan.
Separately, 16 militants were killed during joint operations of Afghan and ISAF personnel in Faryab, Zabul, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktia and Helmand provinces, the Ministry of Interior said.
Elsewhere, nine insurgents were killed and five other were apprehended as a result of an operation by ANA soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said. Four more rebels were detained in Ghazni province, a MoD statement said.
Five ANA soldiers were killed in insurgent attacks in Farah province, another two died in Uruzgan, as many killed in Ghazni and Kandahar, the statement added.
Separately, two ANA soldiers were killed and five others wounded when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Qalatak area of Alingar district in eastern Laghman, 201st Selab Military Corps spokesman Col. Mohammad Noman Hatifi said.
A public uprising group leader was two people injured when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a roadside bomb in the Baba Saheb desert of Bad Pakh district, the governor's spokesman, Sarhadi Zhwak, said.
A resident of the area, Qazir Gul, said that a local police commander, Nood, was injured in the blast.