Over 1,300 Taliban killed since fall of Kunduz City
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): More than 1300 Taliban militants have been killed after the fall of Kunduz City, the capital of northern Kunduz province, to the rebels in late September, a military commander said on Wednesday.
Gen. Muhiuddin Ghori, the 20th Pamir Military Corps commander in the northeast, said a total of 1345 Taliban militants had been killed including senior commanders since Sept. 28 when the rebels captured Kunduz City. He told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents were killed during “Operation Storm-11”
With Afghan military special commando unit having a central role, the operation involved ground and air forces, he said. He said the slain Taliban included a number of key commanders, including their shadow district chief for Dasht-i-Archi district, Dr, Hussain, son of Rohullah, and Syed Rahman, a landmine making expert.
The two were part of a 21-member Taliban group which was eliminated last week during nighttime operations by the commandos in Dasht-i-Archi district’s Gortapa area near Kunduz City.
About two weeks ago, Afghan special forces killed 27 militants in Kanam area near Kunduz City and the dead included five key commanders namely Amir, Asmatullah, Zabihullah, Sardar Mir and Noor Mohammad.
Gen. Ghori said the Operation Storm-11 was underway in Dasht-i-Archi district, where calm had been restored and the operation would be extended to other areas near Kunduz City.
Meanwhile, 808th Spinzar Zone police commander Maj. Gen. Sher Aziz Kamawal said security forces conducted operations in various parts of Kunduz province last week, destroying 21 pick-up and five armoured vehicles which the Taliban had seized during the occupation of Kunduz City.
He said they had intensified their operations in order to weaken the morale of Taliban in their spring offensive. He said big security bases had been established in key parts of Kunduz City bringing under the range Taliban’s hideouts in areas near Kunduz City.
The Taliban continue to hold widespread sway in areas near Kunduz City and force telecom firms into suspending services at night, an issue that has created problems for local residents.
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