15 Afghan insurgents killed in southern province

Fifteen insurgents were killed and 13 others captured during a joint operation by Afghan and NATO forces in the southern Kandahar province, an Afghan official said on Monday.

Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 18:43 PM IST

Kabul: Fifteen insurgents were killed and 13
others captured during a joint operation by Afghan and NATO
forces in the southern Kandahar province, an Afghan official
said on Monday.

The operation targeted suspected insurgent strongholds in
Arghistan and Maruf districts, according to provincial
spokesman Zelmai Ayubi.

The operation began at 4 am yesterday and continued until
6 pm that night, he said.

NATO and Afghan forces have been trying to seize control
of the Taliban heartland in southern Afghanistan since July.

They have established some pockets of security but the
ultimate success of the operation will depend on the Afghan
government`s ability to secure the area with its own forces
and provide services to the population.

Also in the south, a rocket attack in Lashkar Gah,
capital of Helmand province, killed one civilian and wounded
four, said Kamaluddin Khan, the provincial deputy police
chief.

NATO meanwhile said a service member was killed by a bomb
in eastern Afghanistan.

The statement about today`s death did not give the
service member`s nationality or other details.

Insurgents often cross over the border into mountainous
eastern Afghanistan from bases in Pakistan.

The latest death brings to 621 the number of NATO
soldiers killed this year.

PTI