Dreaded commanders among 28 rebels killed in Helmand
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Twenty-eight Taliban, including five notorious commanders, has been killed and 16 others wounded in an airstrike in southern Helmand province, an official said on Tuesday.
Capt. Shakil Ahmad Tasal, deputy spokesman for the 203rd Maiwand Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News the dead Taliban commanders were Mullah Raqeeb, Qari Omer, Firdosi, Jahadullah, and Bashir Agha.’
The air raid took place in the Babaji locality of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, late on Tuesday. Tasal said the Taliban had gathered in the area to plan attacks on security forces, but they were eliminated in the raid.
Meanwhile, the governor’s office said it was unaware of the air raids killing the Taliban. But Defence Ministry officials confirmed the strikes on in Helmand.
The Taliban, without commenting on the Lashkargah airstrike, claimed in a statement on the group’s website that several policemen had been killed and wounded in Kajaki district.
Separately, National Directorate of Security (NDS) officials detained a mine planter of Haqqani network in central Logar province.
The militant was identified as Sardar, who was detained on the outskirts of Mohammad Agha district. Police seized 80kg of explosives and different types of weapons from him.
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