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‘Some 200 militants killed in southeast offensive’

‘Some 200 militants killed in southeast offensive’

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Jan 05, 2016 - 20:09

GARDEZ (Pajhwok): Nearly 200 militants, including foreign fighters, have been killed during a recently launched “Operation Khyber” by Afghan security forces in the southeast, a security official said on Tuesday.

The commander of the 202nd Spinghar police zone, Maj. Gen. Asadullah Sherzad, told a presses conference here that the operation was underway in Khost, Paktia, Paktika and Ghazni provinces.

Nearly 200 local and foreign militants have been killed, hundreds of others wounded and detained during the offensive, which also claimed the lives of 30 Afghan security personnel and left 40 others injured, he said.

He said the rebels had no ability enter a face to face fight with security forces and they hugely relied on bomb blasts to target Afghan forces in different parts of the country.

He claimed Talibaninfo-icon leaders had directed fighters to continue their attacks in winter as well instead of returning to Pakistaninfo-icon.

However, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the fighters had suffered no casualties in the above mentioned provinces.

He said the insurgents were putting up stiff resistance to government forces in Ghazni, Paktia and Paktika provinces.

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