Kunduz, Baghlan offensives leave 15 rebels dead
KUNDUZ CITY/PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): At least 15 militants have been killed in separate clearing operations in northern Kunduz and Baghlan provinces, while security forces continued advancing towards Dasht-i-Archi district, officials said on Saturday.
Ten rebels were eliminated and as many others, including four security officials, were wounded during clearing operation in the Dasht-i-Archi district of Kunduz province.
The offensive was launched jointly by police and Afghan National Army (ANA) early Saturday and district headquarters and Shikhabad village were purged of anti-sate elements, Abdul Wadud Wahidi, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said there was need for grand operation against rebels in which anti-sate elements could be surrounded from four sides.
Meanwhile, Taliban claimed killing 12 security officials in the Shikhabad village of Dasht-i-Archi.
Separately, four insurgents were killed in the Baghlan-i-Markazi and one more in the Burka district of Baghlan province, Police Chief Brig. Gen. Abdul Jabbar Purdil said.
He said seven more insurgents were wounded in the clearing operation on Friday.
Arbab Ghulam, a resident of the locality, said heavy fighting was ongoing in the area between rebels and security forces. He said two children were wounded due to rocket attack that hit a residential compound.
But Taliban claimed the rocket landed in military base, killing a number of soldiers. In addition, they claimed killing three policemen and wounding four others in another attack.
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