Nine IEDs defused near Pakistan border: ISAF
Kabul, March 17 : Afghan forces and the NATO-led coalition troops have defused nine improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in eastern Afghan provinces, bordering Pakistan, since Saturday, Xinhua reported.
"Afghan and coalition forces found and safely cleared nine improvised explosive devices, discovered one cache, detained three suspected insurgents and killed one insurgent during operations in eastern Afghanistan during the past 24 hours," the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release.
The home-made IEDs were neutralised in Khost, Paktya, Logar and Kunar provinces, near the Pakistan border.
A total of 2,754 Afghan civilians were killed and 4,805 injured in conflict-related violence in 2012, according to a UN report released last month.
Out of total fatalities, up to 868 people were killed and 1,663 others wounded in IED blasts across the country, the report said.