13 militants dead in drone strikes in eastern provinces
PUL-E-ALM/JALALABAD/ASADABAD (Pajhwok): At least 13 insurgents have been killed in US drone strikes in eastern Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, security officials said on Sunday.
In central Logar province, commander of Afghan Local Police (ALP) Abdul Sattar Akhundzada along with his guard were killed when militants stormed their check post late Saturday evening, Mohammad Naeem Sultan, Mohammad Aghi district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said that militants remained unhurt in the clash. “Akhundzada was a brave commander who did not allow Taliban to enter his area and he had beaten militants several times. Unfortunately, he was killed in a clash with anti-state elements,” he observed.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed killing commander of ALP in Mohammad Aghi district along with his guards last night.
Separately, 13 rebels have been killed in missile strikes by unmanned aircraft in eastern provinces. Col. Nouman Hatfi, spokesman of the 201st Sailab Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News that foreign forces conducted airstrikes in Chappa Dara of Kunar province and Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar late last night.
“One insurgent was killed in Chappa Dara and 12 rebels were eliminated in Ghanikhel air assault,” he added. One Waziristan militant was among the slain rebels, he added.
He said that a notorious Taliban commander died in the raid was known as Haji Zarif who headed the group in the area.
Hazrat Khan, the Ghanikhel district chief, said that Afghan security forces had launched ground operation amid US drone strikes that pounded militants’ positions.
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