Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Sar-i-Pul airstrikes
SAR-I-PUL (Pajhwok): At least 32 militants have been killed and 16 others wounded during an operation in the Sancharak district of northern Sar-i-Pul province, an official claimed on Saturday.
Governer Mohammad Zahir Wahdat told Pajhwok Afghan News the insurgents suffered the casualties during Afghan forces’ airstrikes in Masjid Sabz, Topkhana and Ganjwa areas of the district late on Friday.
Taliban’s administrative and finance manager Qari Abdul Basir was among the dead, Wahdat said, adding civilians and security forces suffered no casualties.
Although the insurgent movement has not yet commented on the operation, a Taliban member, wishing not to be named, denied the killing of Basir. The source confirmed only four militants were killed.
A resident of Topkhana area, who wished not to be named, said around 16 militants were killed in the area.Heavy clashes have been ongoing in Sancharak for the past one week.Hundreds of families have left their homes.
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