38 Taliban killed, 4 al-Qaeda suspects nabbed
US led coalition forces and Afghan police killed or wounded 38 Taliban militants in Afghanistan as four suspected al-Qaeda operatives were arrested by coalition forces in the country's east today, officials said.
The latest violence came as a senior NATO official said a major operation to crush Taliban fighters in the south was moving to a close.
US led coalition and Afghan forces attacked a compound in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 20 suspected Taliban militants, a coalition statement said.
The joint force used "superior fire and manoeuvre techniques and lethal close air support to kill" the suspected militants after they had attempted an ambush in Shahidi Hassas district of southern Uruzgan province, the statement said.
There were no causalities among coalition or Afghan forces, it said.
Meanwhile, the al-Qaeda suspects, accused of planning attacks on coalition and Afghan forces, were nabbed near Sal Kalay, a villge in Khost province, along with assault rifles and a briefcase containing "extremist-related documents," a coalition statement said.
It did not give the suspects' name, nationalities or indicate ther pssible seniority within the terror group.
Fourteen militants, meanwhile, were killed or injured by airstrikes and artillery in Garmser disrict of the southern Helmand province on Thursday, said provincial police chief Ghlam Nabi Malakhel.