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Scores of Taliban perish in Helmand airstrikes

Scores of Taliban perish in Helmand airstrikes

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Aug 23, 2015 - 14:44

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): At least 31 Talibaninfo-icon, including a shadow district chief, have been killed and 30 others wounded in Afghan and foreign forces airstrikes in the Musa Kala district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.

Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, a spokesman for the 215th Maiwand Military Corps, said Afghan and foreign forces pounded militants’ hideouts in the district on Saturday night. He said the air assault targeted Taliban and their sanctuaries.

Governor Spokesman Umar Zwak confirmed the airstrikes and said that Taliban had intensified their activities in the district in recent times.

He said security forces would regain control of localities that were being controlled by the Taliban.

Another security official in the district said that more than 50 Taliban had been killed in the overnight attack in Musa Kala.

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