100 militants killed, 50 injured in Kandahar battle
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): About 100 Taliban militants have been killed and another 50 wounded during a special operation backed by NATO air support in the Shorabak district of southern Kandahar province, police said on Friday.
Led by Afghan border police, the operation was launched on Thursday night after dozens of insurgents crossed the Durand Line into the district taking advantage of darkness, Kandahar police spokesman Zia Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the insurgents were spotted by border security forces led by Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and before they could attack security posts, an operation backed by NATO air support was launched against them.
The operation continued until late Thursday night and as a result, 100 local and foreign militants were killed and another 50 were wounded, the police official said.
Dozens of motorcycles, other vehicles, explosives and other equipment belonging to the rebels were destroyed during the offensive, he added.
Durrani said Afghan forces and civilians suffered no casualties.
A security official in Shorabak district said the militants wanted to capture the district because they were in huge numbers and laced with light and heavy weapons.
But security forces were able to prevent the district from falling to the insurgents, he said.
Provincial government spokesman Samim Khpalwak also said a massive Taliban attack on the Shorabak district had been repulsed, with the attackers sustaining huge losses.
He also said Taliban militants were pushed back after a protracted gun-battle in Ghorak district.
The rebels a day earlier attacked security posts in Ghorak from Khakrez, Maiwand and Sangin district of neighbouring Helmand province, triggering a clash that lasted several hours, according to Khpalwak.
He said the rebels suffered huge casualties, but gave no figures, saying the clash had come to an end.
But the Taliban claimed they had killed 10 police in Shakarez area of Ghorak district and captured their two posts, a claim rejected by local officials.
Elsewhere in Kandahar, a local commander was among seven Taliban militants killed during a firefight with security forces in Maiwand district.
The gubernatorial spokesman said the operation was launched after insurgents attacked security posts in the area.
He said seven militants, including a local commander Haji Lal, were killed during the operation.
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