Taliban militant linked to US sailors` deaths killed: NATO
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 23:27
  
Kabul: The US-led force in Afghanistan on Tuesday said it had killed a militant leader who was linked to the kidnapping and killing of two American sailors late last month.

The sailors were kidnapped after leaving a military base in Logar province, south of the capital Kabul, in late July, and their bodies were found separately days later.

The Taliban later claimed responsibility for their deaths.

"An Afghan and coalition security force killed Bilal, a highly active Taliban facilitator responsible for improvised explosive device and indirect fire attacks against Afghan civilians and Afghan and coalition forces," a statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

"The facilitator had direct ties to the Taliban network involved in the recent kidnapping and murders of two U.S. Navy sailors," it said.

"It is currently unknown what role, if any, Bilal played in the kidnapping," the statement added.

There are close to 150,000 international, mainly US troops based in Afghanistan, fighting an insurgency headed by the Taliban since the 2001 fall of the Islamic militants from power.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 23:27


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