Afghanistan: Militants killed in clash with foreign troops

Kabul, 31 Dec. (AKI) - US-led forces have killed 17 militants in Afghanistan in separate attacks.

The US military said troops under its command on Tuesday killed 11 armed militants in an operation against the Hizb-e-Islami faction led by Islamic Afghan warlord, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, about 60 kilometres from the capital, Kabul.

The battle took place in the Sarobi district, where militants killed 10 French soldiers in August in the deadliest attack on foreign troops since the invasion of Afghanistan by US-led forces in 2001.

The US military said that the Hizb-e-Islami leader was wanted for trafficking weapons and fighters and for ordering attacks.

The militants had opened fire on approaching troops, it said.


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