Afghanistan: NATO airstrike 'kills dozens'

Kabul, 7 Dec. (AKI) - Up to 30 suspected militants were killed in a NATO airstrike on a Taliban hideout in eastern Afghanistan close to the Pakistani border on Monday. The airstrike targeted the village of Sangar Dara in the mountainous Watapur district of Kunar province , the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said.

Feared militant commander, Muhammad Akbar, was among those killed in the air raid, Gen. Muhammad Qasim Bitani, commander of the joint Afghan-NATO Coordination Office in Kunar, told the Afghan news agency Pajhwok.

Taliban bunkers and defensive positions were targeted in the the attack in Kunar, which borders Pakistan's volatile tribal region of Bajaur.

Elsewhere on Monday, the multinational force said that several fighters were killed in southeastern Paktika province.

Afghan and foreign forces had been hunting for a Taliban commander allegedly responsible for arms smuggling, kidnappings and planning suicide bomb and IED attacks.

The international troops raided a compound near Tawda Oba Kalay in Sara Roza district, according to ISAF.

The joint force searched suspected militant hideouts and recovered several AK-47 rifles and racks loaded with AK-47 magazines.

Separately, local and international forces detained the leader of a cell accused of planning roadside bombings belonging to the guerrilla leader Jalalluddin Haqqani and several other militants in Paktika province.

The alleged Haqqani cell leader has been blamed for constructing and replacing roadside bombs as well as several attacks in the area.


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