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Coalition bombs kill 15 rebels in Afghanistan

Coalition aircraft dropped three bombs on a rebel compound in the troubled province of Uruzgan killing a Taliban commander and 15 others.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 15:28 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

US-led coalition warplanes killed a mid-level Taliban commander and up to 15 other militants in an airstrike in southern Afghanistan early on Tuesday, NATO said.

Coalition aircraft dropped three bombs on an insurgent compound in the troubled southern province of Uruzgan soon after 1:00 am (local time), the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

"The aircraft engaged a known mid-level Taliban commander... With three 500 pound bombs, killing him and 10 to 15 additional Taliban militants who had previously conducted ambush attacks on the Afghan National Army and ISAF," it said.

The 31,000-strong ISAF took command of military operations in Afghanistan earlier this month from the coalition that toppled the Taliban in late 2001.

First Published: Oct 17, 2006 14:32 IST