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58 Taliban killed in Ghazni, Helmand offensives

58 Taliban killed in Ghazni, Helmand offensives

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Jul 22, 2019 - 17:37

LASHKARGAH, GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): Nearly 60 Talibaninfo-icon militants have been killed and several others wounded during clearing operations in southern Ghazni and Helmand provinces, officials said Monday.

Helmand police Chief Maj. Hassamuddin Helmandi told Pajhwok Afghan News the clearing operations were underway for the past five days in Marja district of the province.

He said a number of foreign militants were among 50 Taliban killed and another 20 wounded in the ongoing operations.

He said the Marja-Lashkargah road was also reopened after remaining closed for four years and some militant hideouts were destroyed.

Noorullah, a resident of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, told Pajhwok he had heard about the Marja-Lashkargah route’s reopening. He said only security forces could travel on the route not civilians.

 However, the Taliban claimed pushing back security forces attacks in Marja district late on Sunday. The group spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said six security forces were killed and their two military tanks destroyed in the last night clash.

Elsewhere, eight Taliban militants have been killed and another six wounded as a result of airstrikes in Deh Yak and Andar districts of Ghazni province late on Sunday night.

Mohammad Arif Noori, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok eight Taliban militants were eliminated and some of their weapons and ammunition were also destroyed in the nighttime strikes.

The Taliban rejected his claim.

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