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12 of a family killed in Wardak raid, claim residents

12 of a family killed in Wardak raid, claim residents

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Sep 24, 2018 - 14:36

MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): At least 12 civilians have been killed during operations Afghan and foreign forces in the Jaghato district of central Maidan Wardak province, residents claimed on Monday.

An inhabitant of the Kalandi village, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Afghan and international forces raided a Talibaninfo-icon jail in Mullahinfo-icon Hafiz area.

He said the security forces were attacked from civilian homes. In the ensuing airstrike, the security forces bombed the residence of Maseeh Rahman.

At least 12 people, including a woman and 11 children of the family, were killed in the airstrike. “Maseeh, currently working in Iran, lost his wife, three sons and four daughters. Four other girls killed in the raid were his cousins.”

Hikmatullah Zaland, wrote on his Facebook account, several womeninfo-icon and children were killed. He said 11 of them were his relatives.

But Abdul Rahman Mangal, the governor’s spokesman, denied the killing of civilians during the overnight raid. He said security forces launched operation against a Taliban jail.

As the troops freed 20 people, including ANA solders, 42 militants were killed and more than 30 others wounded.

Taliban’s shadow district chiefs for Jaghato and Nirkh -- Qari Syed Rahim and Mullah Muslim -- and notorious commander Mullah Abdul Rahman were among the dead.

Javed Ghafoor, spokesman for MoD, said commandos conducted the air-and-ground operation in Mullah Hafiz and Mizaibak areas of Jaghato district late on Sunday night.

He said six soldiers, who had been in rebel custody for the past four months, were released from the Taliban jail. Eleven insurgents were killed and several others wounded, he said.

A number of weapons and ammunition belonging to the militants were also seized during the overnight raid, the MoD spokesman added.

sa/mud

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