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Afghan, NATO forces kill more than 20 militants

Mar. 27, 2013 - 08:53AM   |  
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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan and NATO military officials say they have killed more than 20 insurgents in a joint operation in eastern Afghanistan.

Provincial government spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh said the two-day operation that ended Tuesday night in Logar province also killed a local Taliban commander.

He said two civilians were wounded in Baraki Barak district. There were no immediate reports of Afghan or international forces deaths.

The NATO military coalition said in a statement that the troops killed 24 insurgents as part of the operation that rescued two captured Afghan soldiers. Afghan officials gave varying numbers of 23 to 26 militants killed.

Separately, the coalition said an international service member died Wednesday following an insurgent attack in the east. It was not clear if there was any relation to the Logar operation. The statement did not provide the service member’s nationality or other details.

So far this month, at least 16 international troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

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