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PublishDate: Wednesday, June 16, 201014:16

Afghan, NATO forces kill 12 Taliban militants in Kunduz

Afghan and NATO-led troops during a joint operation eliminated 12 Taliban insurgents including their commander in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said.

"The operation with the support of airpower began early morning today in Gortapa and Padshah Qalandar areas outside Kunduz city the capital of Kunduz province, as a result 12 rebels including their commander Qari Latif were killed," Omar told Xinhua.

Eight of the militants were killed in air strikes and the remaining four lost their lives in gun battle, he further said.

Taliban militants have yet to make comment.

Kunduz, a relatively peaceful province until last year, has been the scene of spiraling militancy over the past several months.

Taliban militants have vowed to speed up activities this year in Afghanistan.

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