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Many Taliban eliminated in Nad Ali airstrikes: ANA

Many Taliban eliminated in Nad Ali airstrikes: ANA

Aug 26, 2016 - 11:53

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A large number of Talibaninfo-icon fighters have been killed in two airstrike by NATOinfo-icon-led troops in southern Helmand province, officials said on Friday.

The insurgent movement, however, claimed the Resolute Support mission’s aircraft struck a detention facility in Nad Ali district, killing 22 security personnel.

Mohammad Rasool Zazai, spokesman for the 215th Maiwand Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News Taliban’s hideouts were pounded by foreign troops late on Thursday.

The first raid targeted a Taliban bomb-making facility at 2pm, followed by a second one in the evening on a meeting of militant leaders in the area, Zazai said.

Governor Hayatullah Hayat denied the location of any presence in the area, saying: “Foreigners have informed me of keeping the suspects under surveillance for 24 hours.

“The airstrike was conducted after investigation and satellite photography. We don’t bomb prisons. Instead we conduct raids on such site to free the captives alive,” he added.

At least 16 rebels, including their commander Kaku Agha, were killed in the bombardment, the governor said.

But a resident of the area, who did not want to be named, revealed a Taliban-run jail had been struck by international forces. He claimed retrieving 27 bodies from the debris.

The source said 11 people, including three deminers, were held in the area. The rest of the dead were Taliban members.  The prison was run inside the house of a civilian named Khan Mullahinfo-icon, he added.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi said 22 security personnel seized by the fighters had been killed in the strike. Another three, who were set to be freed today, were wounded.


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