15 rebels killed, kidnapped soldiers rescued
PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): Two abducted Afghan National Army soldiers were rescued during a commando operation that resulted in the killing of at least 15 insurgents in central Logar province, officials said.
The insurgents on Monday seized the troops on a patrol in the Owni Sayedan area in the Barak-i-Barak district, the town's administrative head, Rahimullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Two of them were rescued following a fierce clash, but the third soldier was found dead, he said, adding 15 insurgents were killed and 10 others were detained with their weapons.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, confirmed the abduction of three soldiers by the fighters, but said nothing about the operation.
The Afghan military, meanwhile, said 24 insurgents were killed during the operation in the Sejewand village.
A military statement said the two kidnapped personnel were successfully rescued during the offensive that involved 2nd and 6th Special Operations Kandaks.
The Commandos received reports that suicide bombers had kidnapped the two soldiers and held them in Sejewand village. The insurgents were planning to use the village as a staging area before conducting attacks in Kabul and Baraki Barak, the statement said.
It said insurgents attacked the Commandos repeatedly from multiple locations, within the village, using small arms and machinegun fire.
The Commandos discovered two weapon caches containing anti-tank mines, several rockets, and rocket-propelled grenades, the statement claimed. Three PKMs and multiple AK-47s were also recovered.
Commando medics provided medical attention to several villagers who were injured during the battle, with Afghan officials investigating who caused their injuries.
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