Afghanistan: Coalition strikes kill at least 9

July 2, 2006 17:30

Coalition air strikes killed at least nine Taliban militants in southern Afghanistan Sunday, Afghan and coalition officials said. Coalition aircraft were called in to bomb a suspected Taliban hideout in the Joshali area of Sangin district in southern Helmand province, said provincial Police Chief Ghulam Nabi Malakhail. He said at least nine fighters were killed including a Taliban area commander, Mullah Tur Jan. Military spokesman Maj. Quentin Innis confirmed the attacks, saying the coalition estimated there were 12 to 15 insurgents killed.

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