Taliban’s district chief among 5 killed
KUNDUZ CITY (PAN): A Taliban-designated district chief and his four accomplices, including a foreigner, were killed during a police operation in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Thursday.
Involving helicopters and Afghan Special Forces, the operation was conducted in the Nahr-i-Kohna area of Archi district on Wednesday night, said police spokesman, Sayed Sarwar Hussaini.
Addressing a news conference, Hussaini said Qari Halim, the Taliban’s chief for Dasht-i-Archi district, Qari Ismail, a militant commander, Qari Tariq, a foreign rebel, and two other fighters were killed.
He some weapons, including an RPG, explosives and ammunition were seized.
Resident Ghulam Rasul said the security personnel, having air support, raided a home and killed five insurgents. “Taliban’s activities are on the rise in our area and the security situation is getting worse.”
A statement from Ministry of Interior in Kabul confirmed the killings, saying the raid was independently conducted by Afghan forces.
Twenty Taliban, including two commanders Mullah Basir and Qari Aminullah, were killed in Dasht-i-Archi 10 days ago.
District chief, Sheikh Sadruddin Saadi, had said around 100 rebels had entered the district from Pakistan.
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