Kabul: Taliban fighters attacked a road
construction crew on Thursday in southern Afghanistan and several
people were killed and wounded, officials and witnesses said.
Also today, the US command said an American service
member was killed the day before in fighting in the south,
where Afghan and international forces were pushing into areas
long held by Taliban insurgents.
The death brought to at least 17 the number of US troops
killed in Afghanistan this month. Sixty-six American troops
died in July -- the deadliest month for US forces in the
nearly 9-year-old war.
The attack on the road crew occurred in the Sangin
district of Helmand province, according to a company employee,
Salam Khan Durrani. He said several people had been killed or
wounded but he had no precise figures because fighting was
Provincial spokesman Dawood Ahmadi said the crew and its
security guards called for help from Afghan security forces
but he had no other details.
The crew was working on the main road from Sangin to the
provincial capital Lashkar Gah. Sangin has been the scene of
bloody fighting between the Taliban and coalition forces.
In neighboring Kandahar province, eight NATO service
members were injured when their helicopter made a hard landing
during a joint Afghan and coalition operation. According to
initial reports, the aircraft was not taking enemy fire. An
investigation is under way.
In the east, two Afghan civilians were killed and 14
wounded today when a fuel truck exploded in the Bati Kot
district of Nangarhar province, the coalition said. The blast
also destroyed three civilian vehicles and caused damage to
shops nearby. The incident was being investigated, but initial
reports indicated an explosive device was the cause, NATO
Also, a joint Afghan and NATO force killed 12 insurgents
yesterday in Puli Alam district of Logar province, the
coalition said. Among those killed was Qari Muir, who had held
several Taliban positions, including deputy shadow governor,
military commander and the insurgent group`s intelligence
chief for Logar, NATO said.
The insurgents were observed preparing an attack on
coalition forces and were killed in airstrikes, the coalition
said. A weapons cache, which included rockets, mines,
ammunition and bomb-making equipment also was destroyed.
Also in eastern Afghanistan, coalition and Afghan forces
killed three insurgents who were members of the fundamentalist
Islamic group Jamaat-ud-Dawa, NATO said. Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a
Pakistan-based group that is believed to be a front for
Lashkar-e-Taiba, which India blames for the 2009 terror
attacks in Mumbai that killed 166 people.