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NATO soldier, 11 police killed in Afghan attacks

Last Updated: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 21:13

Kunduz: A NATO soldier and 11 Afghan
policemen were killed in weekend Taliban attacks across the
country, authorities said on Sunday, in the latest violence
gripping the troubled nation.

The soldier was killed in an insurgent attack in the
south on Sunday, NATO`s International Security Assistance
Force said in a statement.

Six border police officers were killed when
Taliban-linked rebels stormed their post on the Tajikistan
border in the northern province of Kunduz late Saturday,
Mohammad Ayoub, a local official said to a news agency.

The attack in the province`s Imam Saheb district,
where the insurgents have a strong presence, was "facilitated
by two policemen linked to the Taliban", said local
administrator Ayoub.

In neighbouring Qala-i-Zal district, also on Saturday,
rebels killed the district chief using a remote-controlled
bomb, according to an interior ministry statement and local
government spokesman.

Local leader Malim Nazeer "was on his way from the
district to the provincial capital when a roadside bomb hit
his vehicle, killing him, his driver and wounding two others
including his son," said Mehbubullah Sayeedi, the provincial
governor`s spokesman.

NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
described Nazeer as a "dedicated public servant" and said his
death showed the Taliban "cannot offer a better alternative to
peace and security for the people of Afghanistan".

In the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan
another Taliban bomb yesterday killed five police officers
while on patrol, the interior ministry said in a separate

The ministry blamed the bombing on the "enemies of
Afghanistan," a term used to refer to the Taliban and other
militants linked to them.

Also yesterday, in southern Zabul province, 13
insurgents were killed in a combined Afghan-international
forces operation on a known Taliban hideout, said provincial
spokesman Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar.

"In the operation 13 Taliban were killed -- they left
the dead bodies on the battlefield," he said, adding that
weapons and ammunition had been seized from the hideout.

Afghanistan is in the grip of an insurgency now in its
ninth year, with violence reaching record levels since the
start of 2009.

With today`s death, a total of 873 foreign soldiers,
part of a US-led military deployment in Afghanistan, have lost
their lives, mostly in Taliban attacks, since January 2009,
according to a news agency count.


First Published: Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 21:13

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