77 Rebels eliminated in Nangarhar operation, airstrikes
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Seventy- seven Taliban insurgents have been killed and several others wounded during airstrikes and ground operations in eastern Nangarhar province, officials said on Saturday.
Attaullah Khogyni the governor’s spokesman told Pajhwok Afghan News the operations, including air raids, conducted in Hisarak and Ghanikhilo districts.
Sixty-nine militants were killed and scores wounded in security forces operation and air bombardment in Hisarak district in the past 24 hours, he said.
Khogyni claimed, nine notorious commanders were among the dead, adding security forces suffered no casualties.
Separately, eight militants have been killed and most of their weapons destroyed in Waveshtama Vayala locality of Ghanikhilo district late on Friday, he added.
However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s Spokesman denied Afghan government claims about recent clashes and said the whole Hisarak district was in their control without a military headquarter.
Ahmad Ali Hazrat, the provincial council chief, warned Hisarak district would fall to Taliban if large scale operation could not be launched in the district.
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