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113 insurgents killed in separate raids

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KABUL: At least 113 insurgents were killed and dozens others wounded in different crackdowns across the country within past 24 hours, officials said on Saturday.

Seventy-seven Taliban insurgents were killed in a airstrikes carried out by the Afghan Air Forces (AAF) in eastern Nangarhar province, local official said.

Provincial governor spokesman, Attaullah Khogyanai, said that airstrikes targeted Taliban insurgents in Hisarak and Ghanikhilo districts of the province.

“Sixty-nine insurgents including nine high-profile commanders of Taliban were killed and dozens others wounded in ground and air operations in Hisarak district,” he said.

A weapon depot of the militants were also destroyed during operation, he said, asserting that civilian were not hurt during operations.

On the other hand, eight militants were killed in Waveshtama localities of Ghanikhilo district on Friday evening, he noted.

However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman rejected that his fighters were killed, instead he said that whole Hisarak district is under their control, leaving a military headquarter in the center district.

Provincial Council Chief, Ahmad Ali Hazrat, expressed concerned and said that Hisarak district would fall to the Taliban if large-scale clearing operation were not launched in the area.

Separately, thirty-six Taliban insurgents were killed and 15 others injured in different operations, security official said on Saturday.

In a statement issued here, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the Afghan National Army in collaboration with Afghan National Police and National Directorate of Security operative conducted a joint operations against insurgents in different areas of Nangarhar, Ghazni, Paktia, Kandahar, Zabul, Herat, Farah, Badghis, Takhar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Sar-i-Pul, Jowzjan, and Helmand provinces, in which 36 Taliban insurgents including two commanders, Mukhlis, and Kako Agha, were killed. In addition to that, 15 others were received injuries, while two insurgent have been arrested.

Moreover, the ministry appreciated the efforts of Afghan National Police in elimination of terrorists’ sanctuaries, and termed it as a vital step toward improving security and stability in the country.

However, unfortunately, five soldiers were also killed during the operation, the statement lamented.

Recently, Afghan security forces have targeted key leaders of insurgents in different parts of the country through various operations.

These operations were fruitful because security forces killed several key leaders of the Taliban including their provincial designated governors and shadow district chief.

Furthermore, designated judges along with others commander of the Taliban insurgents were also killed in these operations.

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