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After Kabul attack, US airstrikes kill 63 Taliban in Paktika

After Kabul attack, US airstrikes kill 63 Taliban in Paktika

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Jan 23, 2018 - 00:19

SHARANA (Pajhwok):  Hours after a deadly Talibaninfo-icon attack on a luxurious hotel in Kabulinfo-icon came to an end, US airstrikes killed dozens of insurgents in two districts of southeastern Paktika province, police said on Monday.

The attack on the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel began on Saturday evening and stretched into Sunday noon, leaving at least 20 dead, including 13 foreigners, with several others injured, raising questions about the attackers’ ability to penetrate a highly fortified state-run hotel.

Hours later on Sunday night, the US forces blitzed Taliban hideouts in Paktika’s Barmal and Neka districts, killing 63 militants and destroying their weapons and structures, said provincial police chief Col. Mohammad Azeem Hashmi.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the Taliban fatalities included a notorious commander, Turabi.

A resident of Neka district, Syed Akbar, said apart from conducting the airstrikes the American forces also whisked away several individuals.

However, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said their comrades escaped unhurt in the airstrikes. He also said the Americans detained a number of civilians during their operations.

The US forces have so far said nothing in this regard. Barmal and Neka are insecure districts of Paktika and both share a long border with neighboring Pakistaninfo-icon.

Elsewhere, the Afghan commando forces during an operation detained six insurgents, including a commander, in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province, an official said on Monday.

Kapisa police spokesman Mohammad Ayub Yousafzai told Pajhwok that the men detained in Tagab district had been shifted to central capital Kabul for investigation.

Yousafzai also informed about a landmine blast that severed both legs of a child in Kohand district’s Darnama area on Monday morning.

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