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100 foreign militants infiltrate into Afghanistan

About 100 Taliban and Al Qaeda militants from other countries have infiltrated into Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a top official said on Saturday.

world Updated: Apr 24, 2010 16:09 IST

About 100 Taliban and Al Qaeda militants from other countries have infiltrated into Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a top official said on Saturday.

"We have information some 100 foreign fighters from Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and other countries have penetrated to Kunduz," Xinhua quoted provincial governor Mohammad Omar as saying.

The foreigners will train local Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives as part of a campaign to destabilise security in the province and adjoining areas, he said.

The governor warned that the militants may penetrate into nearby Takhar and Badakhsan provinces unless necessary steps were taken.