Afghan troops kill 15 militants in northern province

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan. December 20. KAZINFORM Afghan forces backed up by NATO air support killed 15 Taliban militants in the northern Kunduz province on Monday, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Syedkhili said. Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

"Security forces supported by air power killed 15 armed Taliban rebels in Gortipa village," Syedkhili told a press conference.

Gortipa village 15 km outside provincial capital Kunduz city has served as a stronghold of Taliban militants where the outfit provides training to suicide bombers, the police officer said.

Three foreign fighters were also among those killed during the operation, Syedkhili said but declined to identify their nationalities.

The operation took place in the wake of Sunday's twin Taliban suicide attacks, one on army recruitment center in Kunduz city that left nine dead including seven security personnel, and the other targeting a national army bus in the Afghan capital Kabul which left five soldiers dead.

Taliban has claimed responsibility for Sunday's deadly suicide attacks. Kazinform cites Xinhua. See www.xinhuanet.com for full version

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