US. Special forces, including an American gunship, assisted Afghan commandos in a pre-assault on a building with dozens of al Qaeda fighters in southern Afghanistan, killing more than 20 militants on Monday.
According to a US official, 130 guns leveled the building in volatile Helmand province after a suicide bomber detonated his vest during the joint operation. Colonel Ehsamudin Helmandi said that Afghan special forces had 22 in addition to al-Qaida fighters Taliban fighters killed. At least 14 more militants were wounded and some were captured as a result of operations.
Helmandi said six Al Qaeda terrorists were also arrested during the operation, including Pakistani and Bangladeshi citizens.
No US forces were injured. according to American officials. Some Afghan special forces were wounded in combat, though it was not immediately clear how many.
Dozens of Afghan civilians were also wounded and some killed in the crossfire and detonated by the al-Qaeda suicide bomber.
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The police chief accused the Taliban and Al Qaeda of killing the civilians in the Musa Qala district for using the residents as human shields. The exact number of civilians killed is not immediately known.
The joint operation destroyed an important Taliban base in Helmand, which was also a rallying point for al-Qaeda militants moving through the area. The al Qaeda fighters were discovered due to communications interceptions, US officials said, who did not want to elaborate on the sensitivity of the intelligence service.
Elsewhere in southern Afghanistan, a member of the coalition service prevented a so-called "insider attack" on an armored vehicle with US troops in Kandahar province.
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No US or allied troops were injured in the attempted attack that took place outside the base, an official said. The shooter, a member of the Afghan army, was killed.
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