5 killed in Afghan-NATO operations, civilian deaths feared
By Sayed Jawad - Mon Oct 29 2012, 11:58 am
According to local authorities in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, at least 5 Taliban militants were killed and four others were detained following a joint military operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in Ghazni city on Sunday night.
Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the operation was conducted at Qala-e-Ghazi area in eastern Ghazni city on Sunday night and continued until dawn time on Monday.
Mr. Ahmadi confirmed the death of 5 Taliban militants and said 4 others were arrested along with some weapons, ammunitions and explosives.
In the meantme local residents in the area claimed that an Afghan man and woman were also killed following the operation however deputy provincial governor did not confirm the report but said that there was possibility of civilians casualties following the clashes since the Taliban militants were using a residential house to target Afghan and coalition security forces.
Another Afghan security official in Ghazni province speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed the deaths of an Afghan man and woman in the clashes.
The source further added Taliban militants had taken position in a civilian house three weeks back to ambush Afghan and coalition security forces.
He said only a small number of Taliban militants were killed following the clashes while majority of them managed to flee the area.
Taliban militants group yet to comment regarding the report.