15 Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan

At least 15 Taliban fighters, including a senior commander, were killed in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, an Afghan official has said.

    US forces have been hunting resistance fighters in southern Afghanistan

    "Fifteen Taliban were killed, including Mullah Abdur Rahim,

    in Maruf district," said Afghan Foreign Ministry official

    Khalid Khan Achakzai

    .

    He said the dead fighters probably came

    from Zabul which borders the province of Kandahar where Maruf

    is located.

    But a former Taliban intelligence official

    denied the death of Rahim, who has control

    over southern Afghanistan where the Taliban have been most

    active in recent months.

    Violence

    Mullah Abdul Samad said:

    "There have been deaths on both sides but it is wrong that

    Abdur Rahim has been killed. It is mere propaganda."

    Rahim has been suffering from wounds sustained earlier in

    the year in a clash with Afghan forces in Spin Boldak

    .

    There are around 12,500 troops in the US-led force

    hunting Afghan resistance fighters.

    Afghanistan has recently been rocked by the worst violence since the

    fall of the Taliban.

    In recent months more than 200 people have been

    killed, including Taliban fighters, government soldiers and

    police, civilians and aid workers.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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