Troops kill 19 militants in Afghanistan
Afghan and NATO-led troops killed 19 militants in separate overnight operations in Afghanistan`s eastern Paktika province.
Kabul: Afghan and NATO-led troops killed 19 militants in separate overnight operations in Afghanistan`s eastern Paktika province, officials said Wednesday.
The joint forces eliminated eight militants in Omna district of Paktika province during an operation Tuesday night, the press department of NATO-led forces in southeast Afghanistan in a statement released in Khost city said.
The statement also said that some foreign militants were among those killed but did not disclose their nationality, Xinhua reported.
In a separate operation Tuesday night, the national forces backed by NATO-led troops killed 11 Taliban militants including some Arab fighters in Sarobi district of Paktika, Paktika`s provincial administration spokesman Mukhlis Afghan said.
Taliban militants have yet to make any comment.
The hard-liner militias have intensified their assaults against interest of government and NATO-led troops over the past couple of years in Afghanistan`s eastern region bordering Pakistan.
Around 130,000-strong NATO-led troops are stationed in Afghanistan to help ensure peace in the post-Taliban country.