158 rebels killed in Dur Baba offensive
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A clearing operation was wrapped up on Saturday in the Durbaba district of eastern Nangarhar province after the elimination of 158 insurgents, an official said.
The search operation lunched six days ago in parts of the troubled town came to an end on Saturday, said Col. Mohammad Ayub Hussainkhel, the 301st zone border police commander.
He said another 32 rebels were wounded during the operation and corpses of the rebels were handed over to local elders with full respect.
“Local and foreign militants did not believe that security forces would dare to enter areas of their stronghold,” Col Hussainkhel said.
Nasir Khan, a resident of the district, said some civilians had also been wounded in airstrikes during the offensive. However, he said their injuries were not life-threatening.
Six policemen were also killed at the initial stages of the operation in Durbaba, the resident said.
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