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25 rebels killed in drone strike; Taliban in denial

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25 rebels killed in drone strike; Taliban in denial

Jul 16, 2019 - 13:11

PUL-I-ALAM (Pajhwok): At least 25 Talibaninfo-icon insurgents and two civilians have been killed in a drone strike in central Logar province, an official said on Tuesday.

Ahmad Shakeel Tasal, spokesman for the 4th brigade of the army, told Pajhwok Afghan News that local and foreign forces conducted an air-and-ground operation in the Kamalkhel area of Pul-i-Alam on Monday night.

He said the insurgents hiding near a mosqueinfo-icon came under drone strike. At least 25 militants, including four notorious commanders, were killed and 10 others wounded, he claimed.

Dedar Lawang, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed the security operation against the rebels. He said three notorious commanders were among the fatalities.

Mullahinfo-icon Habib Akhwandzada, Mullah Niamat and Mullah Hamid were identified as dreaded commanders. He said two civilians were also killed in the offensive.

Gul Rahman, a resident of the area, said a clash took place between the security forces and Taliban. Later on, he said, an airstrike took place when the rebels were collecting the bodies of their associates.

He said 20 Taliban and four civilians were killed and 10 others wounded in the airstrike.

But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the airstrike targeted a mosque where 25 civilians were killed and 10 wounded.




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