Kabul: Militants ambushed an Afghan police
convoy with a roadside bomb and gunfire in eastern
Afghanistan, killing five officers before fleeing NATO aerial
bombardment, an official said Saturday.
Two militants were killed and up to six wounded in the
battle yesterday in Paktia province, said Ghulam Dastagir, the
deputy provincial police chief.
He said the convoy was headed toward the Dandi Pathan
district when one vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb blast,
killing five officers and wounding the district police chief.
Militants opened fire after the blast, triggering a
gunbattle that lasted several hours before NATO aircraft were
Farther north, officials in Nuristan province were still
trying to confirm reports that a senior Pakistani Taliban
leader was killed in several days of fighting between security
forces and militants who have been trying to seize control of
the Barg-e-Matal district on the Pakistan border.
Villagers who took part in the fighting said they had
killed Taliban commander Maulana Fazlullah, who spearheaded
the takeover of Pakistan`s Swat Valley three years ago,
gaining prominence as the "Radio Mullah" for his vehemently
anti-Western sermons on local radio.
The former mountain resort area fell under Taliban
control until Pakistani forces drove them out last year.