Monday, December 26, 2005

Six militants killed planting landmine

"SIX suspected Taliban militants were killed when a landmine they were planting on a road exploded in Afghanistan's insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar, officials said today.

The incident occurred last night in Maywand district, Kandahar police chief Abdul Malik Wahidi said.

Maywand administration chief Mohammad Nabi Idari said the men were planting the landmine on a road used by Afghan and US forces on patrol.

The dead were believed to be Taliban, whose regime was ousted by a US-led military campaign in late 2001 for sheltering terror mastermind Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network.

Separately police said they had arrested three militants in neighbouring Dand district and charged them with planning suicide attacks.

'Police arrested a man who was carrying a large amount of explosives on a motorcycle. He tipped the police about two others who were detained later,' Mr Wahidi said.

He said police recovered four motorcycles, all fitted with explosives, from the suspects. The detainees are all Afghans."....

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