Troops kill 19 militants in Afghanistan

Afghan and NATO-led troops killed 19 militants in separate overnight operations in Afghanistan`s eastern Paktika province.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 15:41 PM IST

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.

IANS