8 rebels killed, 14 wounded in Faryab airstrike
MAIMANA (Pajhwok): At least eight Taliban rebels were killed and another 14 wounded on Friday when an Afghan National Army airstrike hit them in the Almar district of northern Faryab province, an official said.
The dead included Taliban shadow governor for Faryab and two foreign militants, said Mohammad Raza Razaee, the ANA’s 209 Shaheen Military Corps spokesperson.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the militants had gathered for a meeting in the area when the ANA aircraft targeted them and killed them at about 10am.
Qari Salahuddin, the Taliban shadow governor was among the slain militants, he said.
But a Taliban commander insisted Qari Salahuddin was alive. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, he said two Taliban fighters had been killed and three others wounded in the airstrike.
He claimed the airstrike killed and wounded several civilians, but provided no figures.
Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.