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20 militants said killed in airstrike

June 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An airstrike killed at least 20 militants in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.

Capt. Christian Patterson, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military force, said the strike occurred in Paktika province, which borders Pakistan. He said 20 militants were killed, but provided no details.

Afghan officials said aircraft attacked a band of insurgents in Orgun, a district close to the Pakistani border where U.S. troops have a base.

Provincial Police Chief Gen. Nabi Mullakhel said surviving insurgents removed the bodies. He said villagers reported that 32 militants died.

Another official said most of the dead were foreign fighters, including Pakistanis and Central Asians.

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