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11 including 8 Taliban killed

A clean-up operation against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika, province killed 11 people including eight rebels, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2007 12:55 IST

A clean-up operation against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika, province killed 11 people including eight rebels, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

"The sweep was carried out after the slaying of a tribal elder Hajji Tadi Khan along with his three bodyguards by Taliban insurgents on Thursday," the daily Outlook quoted Paktika's provincial governor Akram Khapalwak as saying.

In the operation backed by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), eight Taliban fighters had been killed, Khapalwak said.

However, he did not identify the three others who lost their lives during the sweep.

Militancy and conflict related violence in Afghanistan have claimed the lives of more than 5,600 people since January this year.