KABUL, May 23 (KUNA) -- The US-led coalition troops said they killed 60
Taliban militants during an operation in southern Afghanistan.
A statement from the coalition forces' Bagram base on Saturday said the
militants were killed in Marja district of the southern province of Helmand.
The military said a big cache of drugs was also seized during the
operation, which was launched in the troubled zone on May 19. The military did
not give the number of casualties among the Afghan or US troops during the
The US troops used gunfire as well as precision air strikes. Bomb making
materials, drugs and weapons present in the area were also destroyed in the
air strike, the statement added.
Helmand is a volatile province of Afghanistan and also known as the opium
capital of the country.
Meanwhile, the Afghan and coalition forces detained one suspected militant
in an early morning operation to capture a Taliban commander in Baraki Barak
district of the central Logar province.
Without revealing identity of the detainee, the coalition forces statement
said that he was suspected to be the militant wanted to the Afghan government
on charges of involvement in the May 12 attacks in Khost. (end)
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