Taliban governor among 13 killed in Logar night raid
PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): Taliban’s governor for central Logar province was among more than a dozen insurgents killed during a joint Afghan-US forces’ night raid, an official said on Monday.
The Logar governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the operation was conducted in Pyarokhel village on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Pul-i-Alam.
He said 13 militants, including Taliban’s shadow governor, were killed and another two militants were wounded during the offensive.
Governor Mohammad Halim Fidai tweeted Taliban’s shadow governor Najibullah and 12 others had been killed as a result of the night time operation.
Gul Ahmad, a local resident, said the operation lasted about five hours. He said two civilians also suffered injuries in the raid.
The Ministry of Interior in a statement confirmed that 13 Taliban militants were killed in the Logar operation. However, the statement has no mention of the Taliban governor.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said 15 security forces and three Taliban fighters had been killed and seven fighters wounded during the operation. He called the killing of Najib as enemy propaganda, which he said was not true.
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