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Air strike kills 14 insurgents, says Officials

24 January, 2013

KABUL: At least 14 Taliban insurgents including three foreigners have been killed and 21 other insurgents wounded in a US airstrike in eastern Nuristan province, Afghan local officials said.

The airstrike happened in the Dahan Baz Gul area of Nuristan's Kamdish district when Taliban insurgents were at a gathering, provincial police chief Ghulaam Mullah said, adding that the strike was carried out by drone.

Isaf Joint Command said it had no operational reporting of any airstrike in Nuristan, and so could not confirm whether there had been a drone attack.

The police chief said there were no civilians casualties in the strike.

Chief of Kamdish border police Zone 7 Shamsuddin Nuristani confirmed the airstrike and the casualties: "Fourteen Taliban insurgents were killed and 21 others were injured."

Isaf said that recent military operations in the east that resulted in insurgent deaths were two separate operations in eastern Kunar on Sunday.

Joint Afghan and coalition forces conducted two operations in the Ghaz-e Abad district, and both operations resulted in the death of two insurgents, a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, combined Afghan and coalition forces have captured three local Taliban commanders, Isaf's operational update said Tuesday. A Taliban leader was arrested in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province and another was captured in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province on Tuesday.

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