Soldiers among 16 killed in security operations
SAR-I-PUL/MEHTARLAM (PAN): More than a dozen insurgents and three Afghan soldiers were killed in joint operations and an explosion in eastern Laghman and northern Sar-i-Pul provinces, officials said on Saturday.
Eight fighters, including two commanders, were killed during an overnight operation by Afghan commandos and US special force in the Sayad district of Sar-i-Pul, the provincial police chief, Col. Syed Jahangir Kiramat, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Meanwhile, the International Security Force (ISAF) confirmed the death of Qari Nasratullah, who led more than 20 fighters.
In Laghman, five militants, including a Taliban commander and two of his sons, were killed in a nighttime raid on their house in the Sangar village of Alingar district, the governor’s spokesman said.
Sarhadi Zwak said the rebel leader, Haji Shah Wali, his sons Mullah Musa and Mafad Khan and two other fighters were killed. A third son of the commander was injured in the operation.
A statement from ISAF said they had killed two militants and seized their weapons, ammunition and drugs in Alingar operation.
Three Afghan soldiers were killed and a fourth injured on Friday evening when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Badiabad area on the outskirts of Mehtarlam, the Ministry of Defence said.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the fighters had killed four Afghan soldiers and destroyed their vehicle in a bomb attack in Laghman’s capital.
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