47 rebels killed in past 24 hours
KABUL (PAN): Forty-seven militants have been killed during security operations in several provinces over the past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday, but the Taliban confirmed the death of only three fighters
Forty of the rebels were killed during operations in Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni, Paktia, Herat, Bamyan and Baghlan provinces, the Ministry of Interior said.
Ten machine guns with as many magazines, three rocket launchers, 14 mines and hand grenades, 40 kilograms of explosives and three motorcycles were seized, according to a ministry statement.
Another three insurgents were killed when the roadside bomb they were planting in the Khairkot district of southeastern Paktika province went off prematurely late on Friday night.
In a statement, the Taliban said they had conducted 57 attacks in various provinces over the past 24 hours, killing a number of government forces.
Their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said several tanks and police vehicles were destroyed in the attacks. Only three of their fighters were killed and another six injured. He claimed security forces had detained civilians during their operations.
Meanwhile, four Taliban insurgents were killed and three others, including a Taliban shadow district chief, were captured alive in the central province of Maidan Wardak.
The joint offensive was conducted late on Friday night in the Shah Kabul area of Nirkh district near the provincial capital, Maidan Shahr, the governor’s spokesman said.
Shahidullah Shahid said the detainees included Maulvi Amin, a Taliban-designated district chief for Maidan Shahr. Amin was detained in injured condition. Qari Ziauddin, a Taliban police chief for Maidan Shahr, was among the dead, he added.
The rebels were involved in a string of attacks against security forces in Nirkh district and the provincial capital, Shahid said. The bodies would be handed over to tribal elders for burial, he said.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in a statement confirmed the overnight operation in the provincial capital. A number of militants were killed and wounded during the operation, ISAF’s media office in Kabul said.
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