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94 Taliban insurgents killed in Afghanistan

At least 94 Taliban insurgents were killed in Operation Medusa in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 20:53 IST

At least 94 Taliban insurgents were killed in Operation Medusa in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a NATO official told mediapersons on Sunday.

The operation was launched last Saturday by around 2,000 soldiers of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the Afghan army to end insurgency in Panjwai and Zhari districts, Mark Laity, the spokesperson for NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, said.

Maj Luke Knittig, an ISAF spokesperson, said: "In just nine days, ISAF has struck hard at the insurgent heartland in Kandahar."

An ISAF statement elaborated that the 94 insurgents were killed in four separate engagements between 7.45 pm to 5.50 am local time.

By controlling routes and blocking insurgent rat-runs, ISAF is denying the insurgents the ability to safely reinforce their positions and bring in more ammunition, food and water.

Operation Medusa is the biggest against Taliban insurgents since ISAF took command in southern Afghanistan from the US-led coalition forces on July 31.

Over 430 Taliban terrorists have been killed and at least 80 captured in the operation, according to ISAF.