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18 militants killed in Afghanistan

world Updated: Sep 19, 2011 08:48 IST

At least 18 militants were killed and 15 were injured when Nato fighter jets pounded Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan on Saturday, police said.

"Based on intelligence reports indicating insurgent activities, international forces carried out an air strike in Logal area of Bargi Matal district, leaving 18 armed insurgents dead," police chief Zahid Nuristani of Nuristan province, 180 km from the capital city Kabul, told Xinhua.

He said there were no reports of civilian casualties.

The mountainous Nuristan and neighbouring Kunar province are regarded as Taliban hotbeds.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed to media on phone from an undisclosed location that 16 Taliban fighters were killed. But he also claimed his fighters killed over a dozen Afghan and Nato-led troopers.