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Militants attack international troops in N Afghanistan

TALIBAN insurgents attacked a patrol team of NATO-led forces in Balkh province north of Afghanistan early today but caused no damage, a local official said.

"The militants fired rocket propelled grenade on a patrol team in the wee hours of today in Sholgara district, causing no loss of life," Syed Kamal the governor of Sholgara district said.

He also said that the forces came under attack were from Sweden that has some 300 troops deployed in Afghanistan.

Meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for Taliban outfit in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location said the militants had inflicted casualties on the troops.

However, Syed Kamal utterly rejected the Taliban claim, saying there were no casualties on the troops.

Taliban militants have shifted their activities from their traditional base in the south to the relatively peaceful northern region.

The militants by carrying out roadside bomb in the northern Kunduz province yesterday wounded three German soldiers.


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