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10 Taliban fighters killed in Ghazni offensive: Officials

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10 Taliban fighters killed in Ghazni offensive: Officials

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Mar 24, 2019 - 14:25

GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials say 10 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents have been killed in Zanakhan district of southern Ghazni province while the Taliban say the victims were civilians.

Governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Arif Noori, told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghan Special Forces targeted Taliban hideouts in Zanakhan district on Saturday night.

He said 10 insurgents were killed and eight others wounded as well as some weapons and ammunition destroyed during the attack.

Lt. Col. Mohammad Faroq, public affairs head at Thunder Military Corps, said nine Taliban rebels were killed in Zanakhan attack.

An operation against the Taliban is still underway in different parts of Ghazni province, he said.

On the other hand, Taliban say the attack was carried out on civilians. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid said US and Afghan forces bombarded a seminary and a mosqueinfo-icon in Gawgir and Faqir villages of Zanakhan district on Saturday night.

He said both the seminary and mosque were destroyed and 10 civilians were killed and six others wounded in the attack. Four other civilians were arrested.

Pajhwok tried to contact local people about the incident, but failed as telecom services coverage in the area is weak.

Civilian casualties rate has recently increased in Afghan and foreign forces airstrikes.

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