13 IEDs defused in eastern Afghanistan: coalitionSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 20/11/2012 8:59 pm in World / no comments
KABUL, Nov. 20 — Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops defused 13 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in restive eastern Afghan provinces within a 24-hour period, the coalition forces confirmed in a press release issued on Tuesday.
The home-made IEDs were neutralized in eastern Ghazni, Khowst, Kunar, Logar and Wardak provinces, the coalition’s Regional Command-East (RC-East ) said in the release, adding that the joint forces also detained four suspected insurgents in Khowst and Laghman provinces within the same period of time.
“The detained suspects were transferred to a base for questioning,” it said.
The press release said that two insurgents were killed when their IED detonated prematurely in Pul-E Alam district in Logar province some 60 km south of Kabul.
The operations in RC-East are still ongoing, it added.
IEDs used in making suicide vests and roadside bombs has proved a challenge for Afghan and some 100,000 NATO-led forces in the insurgency-hit country, as they are simple but difficult to be detected.
The Taliban insurgents group, which has been waging an insurgency since its regime was toppled by a U.S-led invasion in late 2001, has yet to make comments.
On Monday evening, a policeman was killed and six people including two civilians were wounded when an IED attached to a bicycle went off in northern Balkh province 305 km north of Kabul.