Rebel commanders among 25 killed in Shindand operation
HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): At least 25 Taliban fighters were killed and another 45 wounded during an operation in western Herat province, officials said on Monday.
Jilani Farhad, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the offensive codenamed “Azam”, which has been launched on Friday, was still underway in Shindand district.
He said the operation featured Afghan National Army (ANA) commandos and police,who shelled Taliban bases in the Zerkoh area of the district.
At least 25 fighters including three notorious commanders -- Mullah Spin Beragh, Mullah Ismail and Mullah Najib-- were killed and 45 other wounded, the spokesman said.
The security forces defused 40 landmines and recovered 13 vehicles from the insurgents.The security personnel suffered no casualties while clearing Bartakht, Bakhtabad and several other villages of militants, he added.
According to information from detective and intelligence organs a number of armouredvehicles,which had been snatched by militants, were also destroyed in the shelling.
However, the Taliban claimed in a statement on their website killing nine security personnel and wounding several others.The operation came after infighting between two rival Taliban factions in Shindand.
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