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Afghan police freed after US raid

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Saturday's attack was the deadliest single strike in more than a year

Thirteen Afghan policemen captured during one of the deadliest attacks on international forces have been freed, officials in eastern Afghanistan say.

The deputy police chief in Nuristan told the BBC they were freed in an operation by Afghan and Nato forces in which dozens of insurgents were killed.

The officer, known only as Faruq, said seven civilians were also killed by an airstrike during the rescue operation.

Eight US and three Afghan soldiers were killed during Saturday's attack.

It marked the heaviest US loss of life in a single battle in Afghanistan in more than a year.

Hundreds of Taliban fighters stormed two remote US bases in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province on Saturday.

US forces have since said that they killed more than 100 insurgents in the day-long onslaught.

The governor of Nuristan told the BBC another 40 Taliban fighters were killed in the operation which led to the release of the captured policemen.

The latest deaths come on the eight-year anniversary of the first US bombing strikes in Afghanistan, and amid intense debate within the Obama administration over how to quell the violence.



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