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20 Taliban killed, 19 wounded in Zabul offensive

KABUL: Twenty militants have been killed and 19 others wounded during an ongoing military operation in southern Zabul province, an official said on Wednesday.

Another 17 suspects were detained during the offensive codenamed “Nijat” (salvation), said Brig. Gen. Syed Waqif Shah, the 205th Atal Military Corps commander in the south.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News the army soldiers had also seized 20 home-made bombs and heavy weapons during the operation aimed at dismantling Taliban hideouts and rescuing the 31 abducted passengers.

Separately, two policemen were killed in an insurgent attack on the outskirts of Qalat City, the provincial capital, said Gul Islam Syal, the acting governor’s spokesman. Two attackers were also killed when the police reciprocated fire.

The Taliban confirmed the attack on police as one of several the fighters mounted on security forces in different areas. (PAN)

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