A dozen Taliban eliminated in Maidan Wardak operation
KABUL/PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): A dozen Taliban fighters have been killed and 18 others wounded during an operation in the Nirkh district of central Maidan Wardak province, officials claimed on Sunday. The militants, however, rejected the assertion as baseless.
Operations were launched by Afghan security personnel in Nirkh district on Feb, 10 when Khan Jankhel, Omarkhel, Khwaja Beland and some others areas were cleared, the governor’s spokesman said.
Toryalai Himmattold Pajhwok Afghan News a dozen fighters and an Afghan National Army soldier were killed and 18 insurgents and five security personnel wounded in clashes during the operations.
A resident of Hayat Kalay, Abdul Rahman, said battles between the security personnel and militants had been going on over the past few days in Omarkhel and Deh Kharqa areas of the district.
However, Taliban denied suffering casualties and claimed killing six Afghan commandos in an overnight gunbattle in Nirkh.
Separately, seven fighters were wounded during a clash with security forces on Saturday night in the Honi Saidan area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Alam, the capital of central Logar province, said the governor’s spokesman.
Saleem Saleh added: “Taliban hiding in a house wanted to attack the security personnel on Pul-i-Alam-Baraki Barak road, but the joint forces raided the house,” he said.
Seven Taliban were injured in the ensuing exchange of gunfire, the spokesman said, adding a rocket launcher, a machinegun and a Kalashnikov were seized by the security forces.
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