28 insurgents eliminated in Shah Walikot operation
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Twenty-eight Taliban militants have been killed and another four captured alive during a search operation in southern Kandahar province, where one child died and two others were injured in a roadside bombing, officials said on Monday.
The 28 insurgents were killed in Shah Walikot district, said Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani. He said the operation had been launched a few days ago by joint Afghan security forces.
He said the operation had been largely focused on Zangal area, where Taliban activities had lately increased. As a result of the operation, 28 militants were killed and their large number of weapons confiscated.
He said four suspected insurgents had also been arrested during the operation and the detainees were currently being interrogated. Durrani said the operation would continue until the entire area was cleared of militants, claiming security forces and civilians stayed unhurt.
The operation was launched after insurgents closed the Kandahar-Uruzgan highway that passes through Shah Walikot district. The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.
Elsewhere in the province, one child was killed and two others were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in Sher Ali Karez area of Maiwand district.
Zia Durrani said the children were riding a bicycle which hit the hidden bomb. The injured children were taken to hospital by police, he said.
In Arghandab district, unknown gunmen hanged a civilian to death in Nagahan village, fortnight after he was kidnapped from Bagh Pul area of Kandahar City, residents said. They said the slain person owned a shop and was 28 years old.
The police spokesman said the incident was being investigated, but it remained unknown who killed the man.
Similar mysterious killings had taken place in Kandahar in the past, but security forces have failed to prevent them.
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