16 militants eliminated in Kandahar offensive
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): At least 16 militants, including a local commander, have been killed and two others wounded during a clearing operation in Maiwand and Ghorak districts of southern Kandahar province, an official said on Monday.
Separately, a child was killed in a mortar shell explosion in the Zherai district of the province, bordering Pakistan, Samim Khpalwak, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
A dozen insurgents perished in Maiwand and four others in Ghorak, the official said, adding security forces had launched the offensive in the two districts to prevent insurgent activities.
Mullah Abdul Ali, a local rebel commander, was among the fatalities resulting from the operation, in which the security forces also defused 15 landmines planted, the spokesman added.
In Ghorak, the security forces killed four rebels and arrested two others, according to Khpalwak, who continued a passenger vehicle and a motorcycle were recovered from the guerrillas.
In Zherai, one child was killed and another wounded as a result of an explosion triggered by a mortar shell. The injured child was evacuated to the hospital, he said.
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