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    Taliban commanders among 4 killed

    QALA-I-NAW/GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Two drivers were killed when the Taliban ambushed a convoy of trucks carrying supplies for Afghan National Army troops in northwestern Badghis province, an official said.

    The incident took place in Bala Murghab district, a commander of the 203rd Thunder Military Corps, Col. Rajab Ali, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said the ANA troops suffered no casualties in the assault. The drivers' bodies were being shifted to Qala-i-Naw, the provincial capital, he added.

    Resident Nooruddin said the gun-battle lasted an hour. He confirmed two people were killed in the incident, but he had no information about their identity.

    Elsewhere, two local Taliban commanders were killed during a joint operation that lasted two days in southern Ghazni province, a senior official said.

    The two were killed in Gilan district during the offensive involving Afghan and foreign forces, Governor Musa Khan Akbarzada told a news conference.

    He identified the slain rebel leaders as Jihadi and Sabawon, who were killed in the Rasni village. The governor accused the two of having hand in a series of mine attacks on local and foreign forces in the area.

    "The operation against militants should continue throughout winter," said Akbarzada, who hinted at a new offensive to retake Nawi district from insurgents in the near future. He said development projects would be launched in the district, which remained under Taliban control for last three years, once retaken from the rebels.    

    He said the district served as a centre of militant activities and had a direct impact on the overall law and order situation in the province.

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