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4 insurgents killed, 11 abducted policemen rescued

4 insurgents killed, 11 abducted policemen rescued

Dec 15, 2011 - 16:18

KABUL (PAN): Four insurgents were killed and 31 others, including a commander, were detained during an ongoing operation to rescue 11 abducted policemen in northeastern Badakhshan province, officials said on Thursday.

The operation that involved Afghan and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops was carried out in the Yakh Shera area of Orduj district after a Dec. 6 rebel attack on police, an official said.

Two policemen were killed and nearly a dozen others were seized when the Taliban ambushed their patrol in the area, provincial police chief said.

Gen. Abdul Sabor Nasrati told Pajhwok Afghan News six policemen were injured in the attack and their eight vehicles were set on fire.

The police chief said the 11 abducted police officials had been rescued and four insurgents were killed and 31 others, including a commander identified as Mullah Dad Khuda also known as Mullah Burjan, were captured alive.

Governor Shah Waliullah said the Taliban had repeatedly been invited for reconciliation, but they rejected the peace talks, thus the operation was carried out against them.

He said some of the detainees were involved in killing and abducting security personnel and setting on fire their vehicles.

Provincial National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Ali Ahmad Mubaraz claimed the insurgents had links to the Al Qaeda and Lashkar-i-Taiba, a militant group based in Pakistan.