Afghans kill nine attacking convoy
The Taliban insurgents were assaulting NATO suppliers. Elsewhere, a bomb took five lives.
In neighboring Kandahar province, a blast struck a police patrol in Maywand district, killing four officers and wounding another, said Khan Mohammad, a police official.
Another bomb struck a NATO convoy in Kandahar’s Panjwayi district, killing a soldier, NATO’s press office in Kabul said. NATO did not release the dead soldier’s nationality or say how many were wounded. Most of the troops in the area are Canadian.
Southern Afghanistan is the center of the country’s Taliban-led insurgency. More than 2,500 people – mostly militants – have died in insurgency-related violence this year in Afghanistan, according to an Associated Press tally of official figures.
In northwestern Pakistan, at least 10 Taliban died in fierce fighting between two rival militant groups, a government official and Taliban spokesman said yesterday.
Hundreds of supporters of top Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud clashed Friday with a breakaway faction of the group in the Mohmand tribal region, said local administrator Syed Ali.
He said both sides used rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons in the fighting, which lasted for several hours. Between 10 and 15 men died, he said.
A spokesman for Mehsud’s group, who identified himself as Dr. Asad, claimed it killed 15 militants in the rival group and captured 120, including two commanders, who he said were then tried under Islamic laws and executed.
Mehsud is the leader of a militant umbrella group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, and he has been accused in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, which he denies.