25 die in Afghan clashes

2010-08-22 13:55

Kabul - Twenty-five people were killed in fresh violence in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

Among them was a member of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), who lost his life in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday.

Separately, a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in the western province of Faryab, killing a local commander and four others, the Afghan interior ministry said.

Meanwhile, ISAF forces killed two insurgents in the southern province of Zabul on Saturday. The troops were in pursuit of a Taliban commander who led attacks on Afghan civilians and security forces, ISAF said.

In the southern province on Helmand, insurgents killed two female civilians while attempting to target a patrol of Afghan and international troops.

In neighbouring Kandahar province, three Taliban commanders where killed in a raid by Afghan and ISAF troops on a Taliban hideout in Arghandab district on Saturday night, a spokesperson for the provincial governor said.

Some 140 000 Nato and 134 000 Afghan Nation army troops are currently fighting against growing insurgency across the country.