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31 Taliban rebels dead in round-the-clock clashes

31 Taliban rebels dead in round-the-clock clashes

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May 20, 2017 - 19:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Dozens of Talibaninfo-icon militants have been claimed killed and wounded during a series of clashes with security forces in three provinces over the past 24 hours.

Four commanders were among 14 Taliban militants killed during “Operation Selab-5” in the provincial capital and Alingar district of eastern Laghman province, the governor’s house said on Saturday.

The operation was conducted in various parts of Mehtarlam and Alingar district last night, a statement issued by the Governor’s House said.

The statement named the slain commanders as Samiullah Darwish, Qari Muhib, Nasir and Qari Mubariz.

It claimed another two group leaders of Taliban, Qari Roohullah and Qadir, had been arrested and eight big and small villages cleared of insurgents.

The statement claimed the government forces had so far suffered no casualties in the operation, but some officials said six security personnel had been killed and as many wounded.

The governor’s house statement said so far 46 insurgents had been killed and 20 others wounded during three days of the operation.

Twenty five motorcycles, five pick up vehicles, one rocket launcher and artillery shells were confiscated by the security forces.

Elsewhere, in southern Kandahar province security officials said seven militants were killed and eight others were wounded after they stormed security posts in Maroof and Arghistan districts last night.

Four police were killed and as many wounded in the clashes in Maroof district, said Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani.

Another five rebels were killed during a clash with police in Arghistan district, said Durrani. The clash erupted after a group of militants attacked police posts in the district’s Narghal area.

In southern Zabul province, an airstrike killed five militants including a commander in Sarkhano area of the provincial capital, Qalat, late on Friday.

Zabul police spokesman Gul Islam Sayyal told Pajhwok Afghan News said a commander, Nangyalai, was killed along with his four friends in the airstrike.

He also said one Taliban militant died in a blast caused by his own bomb in Nawbahar district of the province.

The Taliban have so far said nothing about the government’s latest claims.

SMEA/ma

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