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Afghan/coalition strike targets Taliban in Kunduz

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Police chief says a Taliban commander was killed in the strike
  • Afghan and coalition forces are trying to confirm the report, ISAF says
  • The commander had claimed responsibility for a July 2 attack near a hotel, it says

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A strike by a combined Afghan and international force may have killed a Taliban commander connected to a July 2 attack near a hotel in Kunduz province, the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan said Thursday.

Several other insurgents were killed in the strike, the International Security Assistance Force said in a news release.

The Kunduz police chief said the commander was killed in the strike, "but Afghan and coalition forces are still gathering information in order to completely confirm the report," the release said.

It said the commander had connections to Taliban leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan and claimed responsibility for the July 2 vehicle-borne explosive device attack on a U.S. Agency for International Development station near the Ariana Hotel in Kunduz. Two civilians were killed and seven were wounded in the attack.

No civilians were wounded or killed in Thursday's attack, the release said.