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Airstrikes kill 47 Taliban in Helmand; NDS foils terror attack in Nangarhar

AT-KABUL: At least 47 Taliban have been killed and some others wounded in blitzkrieg on their sanctuaries in southern Helmand province on Sunday, official sources said. In another incident, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) had foiled coordinated attacks on security check-posts in Nangarhar.

Spokesman for the 215th Maiwand Military Corps based in Helmand province, Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, said that airstrikes targeted the sanctuaries of the Taliban militants in Loya Hadera, Khodyrahim and Charbagh localities of Baba Jee area on Saturday night. He said that 47 Taliban militants were killed and many others were injured. The militant group has not commented yet.

A couple of days ago, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that it has devised state-of-the-art plans to counter terror. Under the new plans crackdowns on Taliban would be increased.

To ramp up military operations and night raids the ministry aimed at bringing Special Forces in military operations.

MoI spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi told media that military operations in cooperation with foreign troops will be launched soon in different parts of the country. “Night raids will be increased and Special Forces would be involved in more military operations,” he said.

Meanwhile, the NDS said that six fighters of the Qari Saleem group, a splinter group of the Taliban, were arrested during a special operation in the eastern Nangarhar province. The spy agency said that the detained militants were planning to launch coordinated attacks on security checkpoints.

The militants were identified as Fazal Karim alias Talha, Sanaullah, Amiruddin, Nabiullah, Estore and Abdul Basit.

Seven rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), six each AK47 and anti-vehicle mines, a satellite phone and hundreds of cartridges were recovered from possession of the insurgents.

The group was also involved in several terrorist activities, the NDS said.

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