One Killed, 6 Captured in Eastern Afghanistan
    2012-12-14 16:28:20     Xinhua       Web Editor: Luo Dan
One insurgent has been killed and six insurgents detained in different operations in eastern Afghan provinces, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Friday.

"Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent, detained six, and cleared one improvised explosive device (IED) during operations in eastern Afghanistan throughout the past 24 hours," the ISAF's Regional Command-East (RC-East) said in a statement.

The Afghan National Army soldiers killed one insurgent during an engagement in Bar Kunar (Asmar) District in eastern Kunar province 185 km east of Kabul, the statement said.

The captured militants were detained by the Afghan and coalition forces following an engagement in Bati Kot District, Nangarhar province,120 km east of Kabul, it said, adding that the detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning.

The IED was found and defused by the joint forces in Bati Kot District.

"Operations in RC-East are ongoing," the coalition said.

The Taliban insurgent group, which has been waging an insurgency of more than one decade, has yet to make comments.

The Afghan forces and some 100,000 NATO-led coalition troops have intensified cleanup operations against Taliban and other militants recently but the insurgents in retaliation responded by carrying out suicide attacks and roadside bombings.

One U.S. soldier and two Afghan civilians were killed and 21 others, including three U.S. soldiers, were wounded when Taliban carried out a suicide car bombing in Kandahar province 450 km south of Kabul on Thursday evening.

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