40 militants are killed in Afghanistan

Published June 17, 2006

MUSA QALA, Afghanistan - Airstrikes and ground troops killed at least 40 militants during combat operations in support of an anti-Taliban campaign across southern Afghanistan, military officials said Friday.

The insurgents were killed in a two-day operation that ended Thursday in a remote part of southeastern Paktika province, near the Pakistan border, said Lt. Col. Paul Fitzpatrick. One coalition member was wounded, he said, declining to release his nationality.

The offensive was launched in support of Operation Mountain Thrust, the largest anti-Taliban military campaign undertaken since the former regime's 2001 ouster in an American-led invasion.

Former constable charged in Canada biker deaths

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - A former police officer with links to the notorious Bandidos biker gang has been charged with murder in the deaths in April of eight members and associates of the gang in Ontario, police said Friday.

Police described Michael Sandham, 36, of Winnipeg as a member of the Texas-based Bandidos gang and a former constable with Manitoba's East St. Paul Police Service.