10 Taliban die as they retreat
- 10 Taliban die as they retreat
KABUL, July 3: Ten Taliban fighters were killed on Thursday in
fighting in southern Afghanistan as the rebels tried to retreat after
four days of clashes with government forces, a provincial official
About 60 Taliban fighters managed to slip out of the Ata Ghar
mountains in Zabul province and moved into neighbouring Kandahar
province where government forces confronted them, said Khalid
Pashtun, a spokesman for Kandahar's governor.
Pashtun said 10 Taliban were killed and 16 wounded in the fighting.
He had no further details of the fighting in Marouf district, which
is near the border with Pakistan.
Southern Afghanistan is one of the most volatile parts of the country
and some provincial officials have said Taliban remnants are
regrouping along the border with Pakistan.
A US military spokesman said US forces were not involved in the
"If the Taliban is beginning to come back into this area that is, of
course, of interest to us and we'll be looking into it but we don't
have specific details," Lt Col Douglas Lefforge told reporters at the
US military headquarters at Bagram, north of Kabul.
Afghan government officials say remnants of Taliban and their Al
Qaeda allies are plotting attacks on Afghan and US-led troops and
foreign aid workers from the safety of the Pakistan side of the
NGOs TARGETED: Rockets were fired at a road construction crew in
southern Afghanistan while separately police seized three Taliban who
said they were under instructions from their teachers in Pakistan to
target non-government organizations, a minister said on Thursday.
The workers on the main road to Kandahar came under rocket attack
earlier this week near Ghazni, 170km south of Kabul, Interior
Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali told reporters at a press conference. There
were no casualties, he said.
Meanwhile, just south of Ghazni three suspected Taliban carjacked a
vehicle with two Afghans working for an NGO also involved in road
construction, he said, adding that there were no foreigners in the
car at the time.
The workers were tied up and left behind while the trio made off with
the car. Police later found them and the car in Giru, 50km south of
"The three carjackers proved to be Taliban," Jalali said. "They had
instructions from their leaders in Quetta and Chaman in Pakistan and
they said they were targeting NGOs in order to create an environment
of mistrust and insecurity in the country."
He said teachers in their madrassas (religious schools) in Quetta and
Chaman, just over the border in Pakistan, had told them to go to
Deminers had been working to clear the road between Kabul and the
main southern city of Kandahar to allow renovation of the badly
damaged major highway. -AFP
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