US-led coalition forces said Saturday they had killed 15 militants in an operation in eastern Afghanistan, as a NATO soldier and two civilians were killed in separate bomb blasts across the country.
The forces said they launched an operation in Mehtarlam, the capital of Laghman province, on Friday, targetting a Taliban commander believed to conduct “terrorist activities” in the capital Kabul, and Laghman and Kapisa provinces.
“Coalition forces killed 15 armed militants and detained one suspected militant during an operation to disrupt the Taliban’s terrorist network in Laghman province,” a coalition press statement said.
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But local legislators put the number of dead at more than 20 and said they included women and children.
The head of the provincial council, Emadudin Abdulrahimzay, said 21 people were killed and their bodies found at different locations.