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    Pakistanis among 22 rebels killed in Ghazni offensive

    KABUL (PAN): Twenty-two Taliban fighters, including a dozen Pakistanis, were killed in a newly-launched search operation by Afghan forces in southern Ghazni province, officials said on Tuesday.

    The offensive targeted insurgent groups operating in Deh Yak and Andar districts, an official with the Afghan army's 203rd Thunder Military Corps, Lt. Col. Malang Pawzyar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Five Taliban groups were eliminated during the 10-day old operation that also resulted in the seizure of weapon depots belonging to the rebels, he said.

    Pakistani Taliban who had sneaked into the region were offering residents money to seek their support for anti-Kabul government activities, the colonel claimed.

    Separately, a policeman killed his wife and a teenage son Tuesday morning in Tirinkot,  the capital of  central Uruzgan province.                                     

    Ghulam Dastagir, a reserved police, turned his gun on his spouse and the 17-year-old due to a family dispute in Boti Kalacha area, deputy provincial police chief, Col. Mohammad Aslam, said.

    The father,  who has two more children from the deceased wife, escaped after the incident. Police have launched a manhunt to nab the accused, Aslam said.

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