Taliban's shadow governor for strategic town amon 43 killed
Security forces launched the operation -- Thunder 14 -- to retake Khanabad district that was seized by the insurgents a day earlier after heavy clashes, the Afghan National Army (ANA) said.
A statement from ANA's 209th Shaheen Corps said: "The security forces, backed by the army's air power, killed 43 militants and injured 14 others in Khanabad, Aliabad and Imam Sahib districts."
The Taliban's shadow district chief, Dr. Hussain, was among the fatalities, the statement said, adding the fighters had set alight several security checkpoints in Khanabad.
The militants also snatched office equipment and several vehicles after briefly capturing government buildings.
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