5 commanders among 27 rebels killed in Kunduz
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): At least 27 militants, including five commanders, have been killed and nearly a dozen more wounded during an operation by the Afghan National Army (ANA) commando unit in northern Kunduz province, an official said on Monday.
The operation was launched in Homa area on the outskirts of Kunduz city, the provincial capital, around 2am Sunday night, the 20th security unit commander Gen. Mohiuddin Ghori told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said five Taliban commanders identified as Amir, Esmatullah, Zabihullah, Sardar Mir and Noor Mohammad were among the 27 militants killed and 11 others were wounded during the operation. Ten Kalashnikovs, some ammunition and explosives were also seized from the militants, he added.
Ghori said the ground forces were backed by helicopter gunships that destroyed a military tank, two ranger pick-ups, a Hilux car, a corolla car and an ambulance of militants. Security forces and civilians suffered no casualties.
There was no word from the Taliban about the operation.
According to the fact-finding commission, the Taliban had seized around 1,000 weapons, 37 armoured and non-armoured military vehicles and other equipment during their attack on Kunduz City.
Taliban captured the strategic city on Sept. 28 and ruled it for three days before they were gradually driven by Afghan security forces.
A civil society activist, Arif Mubashir, said people were seriously concerned about the Taliban presences in nearby areas and they could again attack Kunduz City.
But Gen. Ghori said a clearing operation would be launched soon in areas on the outskirts of Kunduz city.
He said ANA troops backed by air support were currently operating in Hazrat Sultan to eliminate militants there.
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