Security forces in Afghanistan say more than 45 militants have been killed in several recent assaults around the country.
The U.S.-led coalition says it killed an insurgent commander and about
16 other militants in a "precision air strike" in the western province
of Ghor Tuesday. Military officials Wednesday said commander Mullah
Mustafa was killed after he stopped in a remote area to meet with other
Officials say Mustafa commanded 100 fighters and reportedly had links to both the Taliban and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Meanwhile, a police chief says security forces have killed 30 Taliban
militants over the past three days in an offensive in the southern
province of Uruzgan. The police chief says two police officers were
killed during the operation.
In southern Ghazni province, authorities say Taliban militants killed
two police officers Wednesday. Elsewhere in Ghazni, police say at least
one Afghan soldier was killed in a roadside bombing.
In violence Tuesday, officials in eastern Afghanistan say two people
were killed and 50 wounded when a grenade exploded in a crowd of
civilians that had gathered around a disabled U.S. military vehicle.
The U.S. military says the attack occurred in Kunar province as
soldiers were attempting to free their vehicle, which had gotten stuck
on a road.
Meanwhile, international security forces say they have destroyed a
Taliban drug lab in the southern province of Helmand. Authorities say
militants have used illegal drugs to bankroll their operations.