Afghan police say Taliban kidnap 50, including officers
Afghan National Army soldiers ride in the back of a truck in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan on March 23.
March 28th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Afghan police say Taliban kidnap 50, including officers

Taliban fighters kidnapped 50 people - including police officers - in northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, police said.

The officers were among a group of people in four vehicles traveling in the Chapa Dara district, said Kunar province Police Chief Khalilullah Zaiyee.

The captured were unarmed and on leave, he said.

A Taliban spokesman said there were no civilians among the group captured.

"We have got documents and evidence that shows all the 50 captured people are policemen and they have also (confessed) during the investigations too," Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told CNN.

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March 28th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Suicide attack kills at least 13 in Afghanistan

A suicide bombing targeting contractors working in eastern Afghanistan killed at least 13 people and wounded 50 others, according to conflicting accounts by NATO and government officials Monday.

The Afghan Interior Ministry described an attack that killed 20 construction workers and wounded 56 others.

The governor's office in Paktika Province had a third account of a suicide attack.

"Twenty-four people were killed and 59 people were injured while a car bomb full of explosive devices entered in to Zahir Construction Company and detonated the explosive at 8:30 p.m. last night," the governor's office said in a statement.

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March 28th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

NATO says civilians 'accidentally killed' in Afghanistan airstrike

Civilians were accidentally killed during a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan, the organization's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement Saturday.

The statement did not specify how many civilians were killed and wounded in the Friday operation in Helmand province, which aimed to kill or capture a senior Taliban commander.

The airstrike hit two vehicles "believed to be carrying the Taliban leader and his associates based on intelligence reporting," the statement said.

The force is investigating.

Earlier this month tensions flared over the issue of civilian casualties caused by the NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan after nine Afghan boys died in a helicopter attack targeting Taliban insurgents.

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