NATO says an Afghan insurgent commander planning bombings in Kabul and two of his associates have been killed in an airstrike.

The military alliance says intelligence sources tracked Nur Mohammed and two armed militants to a field in the remote Musahi district of Kabul province. A NATO statement said on Friday coalition aircraft conducted the airstrike on Thursday night after ensuring no civilians were present.

It says the senior insurgent commander was planning attacks in the capital before the September 18 parliamentary elections. The Taliban has vowed to attack polling stations and warned Afghans not to participate in what they called a sham vote.

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