Nuristan Airstrike Kills 14 Insurgents: Local Officials

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At least 14 Taliban insurgents including three foreigners have been killed and 21 other insurgents wounded in a US airstrike in eastern Nuristan province on Monday afternoon, Afghan local officials said Tuesday.

The airstrike happened in the Dahan Baz Gul area of Nuristan's Kamdish district when Taliban insurgents were at a gathering, provincial police chief Ghulaam Mullah told TOLOnews, adding that the strike was carried out by drone.

Isaf Joint Command told TOLOnews it had no operational reporting of any airstrike in Nuristan, and so could not confirm whether there had been a drone attack.

The police chief said there were no civilians casualties in the strike.

Chief of Kamdish border police Zone 7 Shamsuddin Nuristani confirmed the airstrike and the casualties: "Fourteen Taliban insurgents were killed and 21 others were injured."

Kamdish district shares a border with Pakistan and insurgents frequently target local troops.

Isaf said that recent military operations in the east that resulted in insurgent deaths were two separate operations in eastern Kunar on Sunday.

Joint Afghan and coalition forces conducted two operations in the Ghaz-e Abad district, and both operations resulted in the death of two insurgents, a spokesman told TOLOnews Tuesday.

Meanwhile, combined Afghan and coalition forces have captured three local Taliban commanders, Isaf's operational update said Tuesday.

A Taliban leader was arrested in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province and another was captured in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province on Tuesday.

A third leader was arrested on Sunday in Kandahar's Maiwand district although his identity as a Taliban leader was not confirmed until Tuesday, the statement said.

None of the leader's names were provided in the Isaf statement.

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