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  • NATO claims 30 militants killed in Aghanistan air strikes

    Published on February 18, 2011

    In Afghanistan, NATO claims to have killed 30 militants in air strikes in the eastern Kunar province. It said in a press release that the raids took place when an air weapons team on an aerial security patrol identified armed insurgents in Ghaziabad district of the province and engaged them.

    It said after the initial firing, a large number of armed individuals emerged from a nearby building and were subsequently targeted and killed by the air weapons team over night.

    The press release said several additional armed individuals were identified and killed over the course of the more than four-hour engagement. Initial reports indicated all rounds were safe and on target.

    There are no reports of injuries to civilians in this remote area of Kunar. The mountainous Kunar and neighboring Nuristan province has been regarded as Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan.