Pakistanis among 12 killed in Kunar raid
ASADABAD: Six Pakistani citizens were among a dozen militants killed during an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airstrike in the eastern province of Kunar, officials said on Tuesday.
The overnight air raid was conducted during an Afghan-led operation in the Chinar area of Marwara district, Governor Syed Fazlullah Wahidi told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the dead included six Pakistanis and a dreaded Taliban commander, known as Malik, the governor said.
Meanwhile, the ISAF media office in the east confirmed the operation and the casualties inflicted on the insurgents. But the Taliban acknowledged the loss of only six fighters.
A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, also verified Malik’s death. However, he said that Malik was not a senior commander. Mujahid claimed the raid also killed seven civilians.
But Resident Bacha said three non-combatants, including a woman, were killed during the airstrike in the district, where an Al Qaeda commander was eliminated in a similar raid last week.--(PAN)
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