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    8 Taliban militants killed in security operations in Farya, Zabul

    MAIMANA (PAN): Five Taliban militants were killed, including a civilian, in Ghalbala area of Almar district in northern Faryab province, an official said on Monday.

    Spokesman of the 209 Shaheen corps Maj Mohammad Raza told Pajhwok Afghan News that five militants were killed during a joined operation conducted by Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police in Ghalbala area of Almar district.

    Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said they managed to kill eight security personnel and destroy two armed vehicles.

    Meanwhile in Qalat, police killed another three Taliban militants and captured four fighters during security operations in southern Zabul province.

    Zabul deputy police chief Ghulam Rasool Aqa told Pajhwok that the operations were conducted on Sunday evening in Bargzo area on the outskirt of Qalat city.

    He said militants were trying to plant roadside bombs to target the police but the police managed to retaliate in advance, killing three militants, including their local commander Mullah Hayatullah.

    Taliban ye to comment on the incident.